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.

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…

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…


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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