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.

Expo 2020 Dubai Partners With DP World

The Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau has recently confirmed that DP World, one of the world’s biggest port operators, has been named as its Premier Global Trade Partner. DP World will play an important role in securing the huge supply chain…

Prince Charles, Duke Of Rothesay, Unveils London Fire Brigade’s Scottish-built New Fire Engine Prototype At Dumfries House

HRH The Prince of Wales is “proud” his charity has trained apprentices who are helping build new fire engines said to be the most advanced in the world. Charles, known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, met staff…

4,000 Fires A Year In Uk Still Attributed To Faulty Household Appliances

UK Fire and Rescue Services have warned of a “white goods time bomb” in Britain’s homes with faulty home appliances set to cost lives. Firefighters believe only one in five appliances identified as faulty by the authorities or manufacturers are…

Large Fire Engulfs Warehouses In Sharjah’s Industrial Area

A huge fire broke out at 4pm on Sunday 29 May and destroyed a number of warehouses in Sharjah’s Industrial Area. An official of Sharjah Civil Defence said that the fire broke occurred in Industrial Area 18. Firefighters from Sharjah…

Dubai Civil Defence Fast Response Corvette Stingrays Bid For A Guinness World Record

Dubai already boasts the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building, but soon it could be home to the world’s fastest fire engine.  The Dubai government has asked the Guinness World Records to consider Dubai Civil Defence’s small fleet of…

The principles of fire investigation work

Seldom will a fire officer experience a more sobering feeling than when standing in the ruins of a gutted fire-damaged building pondering the cause of the outbreak. Gulf Fire’s Consultant Editor Neil Wallington, himself a former senior British Chief Fire Officer,…

Europe’s biggest disaster training exercise

Emergency crews and more than 70 other organisations have taken part in the four-day exercise to test contingency planning in what has been billed as Europe’s biggest disaster training exercise. Exercise Unified Response, coordinated by the London Fire Brigade, simulated…

Intersec 2016 and the Address Downtown Hotel fire

I am pleased to relate that the official launch of Gulf Fire successfully took place during the Intersec three day event in Dubai in mid-January. The magazine was very well received by visitors and exhibitors alike during the Intersec show,…

Yet Another Tall Tower Fire in UAE

The life-threatening problem of flammable external cladding panels on modern high rise tower blocks raised its ugly head again when fire broke out on a 30 storey residential tower in Ajman, UAE, at 2145 hrs on Monday 28 March 2016.…

UK Government announces shake up of Fire Services

Fire Brigades will be told to cut costs as part of a major shake-up of the way they are run after Home Secretary Theresa May announced she was taking over responsibility for the service. The Home Secretary, who earlier pushed…

Shaikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum opens Intersec 2016

Shaikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened the International Security and Safety Exhibition Intersec 2016 on January 17th at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, which was recently recognised as the largest security, fire and safety exhibition…

Investigators Confirms Cause of Dubai Address Downtown Hotel Tower Fire on New Year’s Eve

Dubai Police have confirmed that the fire at the 63 storey Address Downtown Hotel tower block on New Year’s Eve 2015 was caused by electrical fault. According to Police investigators, an electric short circuit in a spotlight which was used…

Dubai Civil Defence Announces New Restriction on External Cladding Panels on Buildings

Following the latest tall tower fire in Dubai involving the Address Downtown Hotel on New Year’s Eve, Dubai Civil Defence have announced new restrictions on the use of external cladding panels. The use of cladding will be restricted in new…

Another Serious Duba Tall Tower Fire Causes Concern over Fire Risk of Composite Panels

Yet another serious fire involving a Dubai tall tower that dramatically engulfed the face of the building and caused immense damage has raised more concerns over such structures that utilise flammable aluminium composite cladding panels on their vertical elevations. At…

Developments in Realistic Fire Behaviour Training Units

Two particularly dangerous firefighting hazards that can occur during modern-day firefighting operations inside buildings are the phenomena known as flashover and backdraft. This is when an entire smouldering room and its contents can be suddenly engulfed in a rolling ball…

Welcome and a Look Forward to Intersec 2016

It is a great privilege for me to be able to welcome all our readers to this first edition of Gulf Fire on whose pages will be found a very wide-ranging selection of features written by experts who represent the…

Tumble Drier Fire Risk Warning

A number of Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryer owners have been warned that their appliances may pose a fire risk. Two types of tumble dryers, condenser and vented dryers, manufactured by Indesit, were sold under the three brands in…

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