Neil Wallington
Neil Wallington
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Neil Wallington is a former British Chief Fire Officer, a Past International President of the Institution of Fire Engineers, and a holder of the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct. He is the author of 17 books on the work of the fire service, and acts as a consultant with extensive experience in the Gulf on a range of projects.

Intersec 2019

This edition of Gulf Fire coincides with the 21st edition of Intersec in Dubai which is being staged on 20 to 22 January 2019. Intersec is now well-established as the leading global event of its kind, and the influence and…

From around the UAE

The Flag Day marks the day that Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan became the president in 2004. Every year on 3 November people in the Emirates celebrate this national occasion, in which they reaffirm their allegiance to the UAE flag, which is a symbol of the country’s unity and greatness and represents their aspirations for a better future. The image shows Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence taking the salute during the Flag Day ceremonies.

Women in the Fire Service (UK)

This UK organisation for female employees of Fire and Rescue Services was set up in 1993 and originally titled Networking Women in the Fire Service. It has since grown significantly and developed over two decades and more, changing its title…

Grenfell inquiry points to significant fire safety failings

Readers will probably recall that in the previous edition of Gulf Fire, I reported aspects of the first few weeks of the UK governmental Public Inquiry into the disastrous Grenfell Tower fire in West London on the fateful night of…

The continuing legacy of Grenfell Tower

Readers of Gulf Fire will hopefully recall my comments in the last edition of the magazine regarding the likely global implications of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London on 14th June 2017, which despite the heroic work of London…

Tall tower fire safety tops the agenda

The annual Intersec Expo in Dubai in January 2018 was the 20th year of the event that began life so modestly as a local one day table top exhibition two decades ago. The 2018 Intersec event held at the Dubai…

The Grenfell Epitaph must end electrical fires

The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in London in June 2017 that took its terrible toll of 71 men, women and children continues to make its mark in fire safety matters, especially as the formal Inquiry into the fire…

Grenfell Tower Fire

My Editors Comment page normally concentrates on Gulf fire safety and other relevant matters, but in this edition my subject is the disastrous Grenfell Tower fire in London which has so far claimed the lives of 80 men, women and…

Fire report from Dubai

Faulty electrical outlets and cigarette butts were the main causes of 232 fires in Dubai so far this year that caused the death of four people in villa fires said Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director-General of the Dubai…

The importance of training and firefighter safety

Almost every day the media tells of a major fire, accident or the aftermath of both natural weather related and man-made emergencies such as acts of terrorism that have occurred somewhere in the world. Many challenges face fire and rescue…

New technology prospects from expos and forum events

During April last I had the privilege of attending the 7th Annual Fire Safety Technology Forum UAE in Dubai. Like other fire-related gatherings in the Gulf States, this is an event that has steadily grown in both technical content and…

7th Annual Fire Safety Technology Forum UAE

This now well-established annual fire safety event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai’s Festival City. It was attended by over 200 delegates and visitors from wide backgrounds including Civil Defence, fire engineering, consultancies, fire industry companies and the…

Fire outbreaks on modern tall towers

Over the last decade and more, major developments across the GCC and other Arab States have become home to some of the most spectacular and iconic high rise towers in the world. However, despite their breathtaking height and imposing profiles that…

Intersec Expo 2017 and the growth of Gulf Fire Safety

The 2017 Intersec Expo event held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition back in January once again illustrated just how this annual show has, year on year, grown to become a vibrant global gathering in every sense of the…

Amended UAE fire and life safety code announced

At the 2017 Intersec Expo event held in Dubai 22 to 24 January, the world’s largest trade show for security, fire protection and safety, the long-awaited amendments to the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code were formally announced. The amendments…

Innovation will be the key word for the new year

This 5th issue of Gulf Fire coincides with the 19th edition of Intersec in Dubai being staged on 22nd to 24th January 2017, and the sheer growth and influence of this annual global showcase event is truly staggering. The show…

International Excellence and Innovation Medal

In recognition of Dubai Civil Defence’s commitment to Excellence and Innovation, Chief Fire Officer David Etheridge, President of the British Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and Chief Fire Officer of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, UK, recently awarded His Excellency…

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