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 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…

Building and Construction Sector in Dubai’s Jafza zone registers Growth in 5 Years

The building and construction sector in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the flagship free zone entity of Dubai, has posted 74% growth in the last 5 years growing from AED 10.7 billion in 2009 to AED 18.6 billion in 2014.…

Advanced Fire and Rescue Technologies aimed at GCC’s US $3 Billion Fire Safety Market at Intersec 2016

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are spearheading a GCC-wide wide surge in demand for fire detection and suppression equipment, as economic growth and increased construction activities put the region’s fire safety market on a double-digit growth path. Analysts Frost &…

Inquest into Major Gulf Tower Fire Reveals Serious Safety Shortcomings.

Sharjah’s Civil Defence Fire officials say a major tower fire on 1st October was difficult to control as the building lacked critical inbuilt safety measures and firefighting equipment. Firefighters were forced to rely solely on their own equipment and gear…

Abu Dhabi hosts United Nations Search and Rescue Meeting

The Abu Dhabi government has hosted a four-day meeting ending on 20th October of the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group. This is the second gathering of this important global planning forum. The meeting was held under the…

Qatar Plans for Improved Emergency Response

Qatar is taking steps to further enhance the ability of the country’s emergency services to respond to crise. These plans include a new multi-storey building that will be able to house more operators and modern equipment that would help provide…

Fire Damages another UAE Residential High Rise Tower

On the afternoon of Thursday 1st October, fire broke out on a lower floor of the 32-storey Nasser Residential Tower in King Faisal Street, Sharjah, and spread rapidly up the face of the building to engulf most floors above. The…

Europe’s Largest Mosque Sited in London Badly Damaged by Fire

Just after midday on 26th September a fire was discovered at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, South London. The mosque is said to be the largest in Western Europe. 70 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 10 appliances from fire…

Historic London Fireboat Massey Shaw returns to Dunkirk

After restoration work that was originally commenced on a south London Thameside site in 2009, and then a subsequent transfer to Nielson’s boatyard at Gloucester for a major refit, the historic London fireboat Massey Shaw finally returned to her native…


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