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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.

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…

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.…


Gulf Fire is the only quarterly journal specific to the Middle East Fire market dedicated to both fire protection and firefighting. The editorial features are written by industry experts and comprise a unique blend focussing on the latest technology, training methods and equipment as well as highlighting sector specific issues from around the region. Regular product and company profiles, events updates and news make Gulf Fire Magazine the first choice read for fire protection and firefighting professionals.

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