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.

Dramas with a tower fire and an airliner crash landing

Of all the countries of the Gulf region, few seem to generate almost daily news stories quite like the Emirate of Dubai and recent weeks have continued to bear this out. In the afternoon of 20th July, yet another tall…

Defective tumble drier model which caused fatal fire was behind 20 previous outbreaks

A defective tumble dryer caused a house fire in Birmingham, UK, that killed a mother of two in her bedroom, a Coroner has ruled. Mishell Moloney was discovered dead under a duvet on the bedroom floor by her daughter and…

Fire in Dubai tall tower under construction

Yet another spectacular tower fire broke out in Dubai at midday on 8th August in an under-construction building so far about 20 floors high in Jumeirah Village Circle opposite Emirates Hills.  Fortunately, no injuries were reported. A Dubai Civil Defence…

Birthday cake candles caused 13 fatalities in fire at French bar

According to Police reports, a fire that killed 13 people in a bar in the French city of Rouen was caused by someone carrying a birthday cake with lighted candles. Officials believe the person tripped on stairs leading down to…

Dubai International Airport firefighter killed whilst tackling Emirates Boeing 777 crash

Many tributes have poured in for Dubai International Airport firefighter Jasim Eisa Al Baloushi, who died while responding to the Emirates airline crash-landing in Dubai on Wednesday 3rd August. Al Baloushi, who was 27, has been praised for his sacrifice…

Texas balloon trip ends in tragedy

Investigators are examining the possibility that a hot air balloon that crashed in flames south of Austin, Texas, may have hit power lines although it is unclear if the fire broke out before any collision. All 16 people aboard the…

Messe Frankfurt Middle East launches Intersec Saudi Arabia

Leading global players sign on as Launch Partners at Kingdom’s premier security, safety, and fire protection trade show Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Intersec, the world’s leading international trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, is making its debut in Saudi…

Emirates Boeing 777 in emergency landing at Dubai International Airport

Emirates Airlines have confirmed that today, 3rd August 2016, Flight EK521, a Boeing 777 aircraft travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai has been involved in an accident on landing at Dubai International Airport, and caught fire.…

West Yorkshire Firefighters applauded in UK national newspaper advertisement

When a serious fire broke out in a UK bakery in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, little did the fire crews know that their efforts would be congratulated in a full page advertisement in a national newspaper. The large bakery concerned was…

UK Government urged to make sprinklers mandatory in care homes and schools

The UK government has been urged to make sprinklers mandatory in care homes and schools by one of the British insurance industry’s most senior figures. Speaking at the Worshipful Company of Firefighters Fire Lecture in central London, James Dalton, Director…

Another tall tower fire in Dubai gives Firefighters a challenge amid high season temperatures

Yet another serious fire broke out in one of Dubai’s very tall towers on Wednesday afternoon 20 July – the 75-storey residential Sulafa Tower located in the Dubai Marina district of the Emirate. Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director…

The effect of new technology on fire safety and firefighting

This third edition of Gulf Fire continues to build upon the magazine’s highly successful launch at Intersec in January 2016, and since then it has clearly consolidated its position as the only quarterly fire safety and firefighting & rescue journal…

Fire at Umm Al Ramool

Fifteen shops, two cars and four rooms were damaged when a fire broke out in a mechanic shops complex in Umm Al Ramool area opposite Dubai Festival City on Tuesday morning. A Civil Defence spokesperson said they received a call…

Dubai Police Confiscate Firecrackers As Country Gears Up For Eid Celebration

In an effort to ensure the tranquility of Eid celebrations in the Emirate, Dubai Police have confiscated 22,153 firecrackers that could cause serious deformities, especially on children. A  top official has warned residents of promoting the use of firecrackers to…

New UAE Nuclear Energy Plant Completes Safety Tests

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) recently completed important tests at Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant. A spokesman for ENEC said: “This represents another major achievement in the testing and commissioning phase of the plant.” The structural…

Major Gulf Manufacturer To Produce New Fire Resistant Building Cladding Panels

Alubond, a major Gulf manufacturer of building external cladding panels, has announced that it is voluntarily halting production to remove the controversial non-fire rated products from the marketplace amid a string of spectacular tall tower fires in the Gulf in…

Failings In Fire Safety Are The Main Cause Of Fires In Oman

According to experts, Failing to maintain and update fire safety equipment is one of the main causes of fires in the Sultanate of Oman. It is common for the number of fires to increase in summer. However, a lack of…

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