Flammable cladding in China: A site study 2020

Despite recent tragedies throughout the world, some countries, even in 2020, continue to use unsafe, inappropriate construction methods and materials. Flames recently spread across ‘flammable cladding’ in a fire at the University of Bolton in the north-west of England. The…

The challenges of urbanization and other megatrends

Sooner or later, every company has to deal with the megatrends that concern our world. One of these megatrends, which also affects vehicle manufacturers such as ZIEGLER, is urbanization. More and more people around the world live in cities and…

Wipe it off, don’t take it home – dealing with toxic soot on-scene

The fact cancer is now the leading cause of death amongst firefighters globally owes principally to the toxic carcinogens produced during fire being absorbed through the skin. Fire departments worldwide must now address this burning issue by incorporating fit-for-purpose decontamination…

Large diameter hose systems for industrial fire services

The explosion of new technology has dramatically benefitted the fire service, in this article Daniel Mack explains how thermal imaging cameras, and electronic vehicle and pump controls, have enhanced our firefighting capabilities and our safety. Nevertheless, the most important resource…

Cancer – The current epidemic in the fire service

More firefighters have been diagnosed with cancer in the last two years, then in the previous 10 years combined, sadly, one in three firefighters will die of cancer. With a minimum of nine Group 1 carcinogens in all fire, the…

Dust explosion mitigation methods

A dust explosion is the rapid combustion of fine particles suspended in the air within an enclosed location. The danger of an explosion is ever-present in industrial processes that handle combustible dust. While not all incidents receive notoriety, most result…

Bristol in the Gulf

Paul Gibson, International Sales Manager at Bristol Uniforms, looks back on more than 40 years of supplying firefighting PPE to the Gulf countries, and the strong relationships it has formed with distributors in the region. Bristol Uniforms is a company…

A strong foundation or building on sand?

You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation – a strong foundation is required for a strong structure. In the context of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, it is clear that the foundation of the UK’s built environment is…

SAPPHIRE PLUS Launch

Following the SAPPHIRE PLUS launch earlier this year, Gulf Fire catches up with Alan Elder from Johnson Controls and Bart Goeman at 3M, to learn more about this new product and discuss the impact on the fire protection market and related industries.

What changes have you noticed in the fire industry over the period of your careers?

Alan: When I started in industry, the assets we were protecting were mainly industrial types, whereas over time we’ve transitioned to the protection of electronics and higher value assets – data centres, art galleries, etc. In the early years of my career, one of the more popular agents was CO2. Halon 1301 was introduced early in my career, a very good fire-fighting agent and at that time considered to be the first real clean agent. There were other chemical agents prior to that, but they had issues, mainly related to toxicity. As environmental issues became better understood, Halon was eventually phased out and replaced by the next generation of clean agent – HFCs and HCFCs. They then came under scrutiny themselves as the environmental landscape shifted towards climate change, not just ozone depletion. This is where Novec 1230 fluid from 3M came in, as a ‘third generation’ clean agent.

Safety Design in Buildings

During the recent Safety Design in Buildings conference held in Jeddah, Gulf Fire took the opportunity to speak with panelist and speaker: Ali Mokhtar, President of Safety Engineering Chapter; Saudi Council of Engineers and SFPE Saudi Arabia on his career…

UAE / UK High Rise Building event – follow up

In the January issue of Gulf Fire we reported on the roundtable event exploring high rise building fires, shared learning and experiences from the UAE held at the Department for International Trade, Westminster, London. During the Intersec 2018 Conference and…

London’s fire chief calls for an end to the term ‘firemen’

Firefighters should no longer be called ‘firemen’ because it puts females off taking up the job, according to the Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade. Dany Cotton said she wants people to drop the term as part of a drive…

Safety Design in Buildings

During the recent Muscat Safety Design in Buildings Conference, Gulf Fire took the opportunity to speak with panellist and speaker: Wail Almuhrzi, Managing Director of Aman Fire Protection Consultants, on his background and the changed approval processes by the Omani…

Protocol amendment for sustainable alternatives

In October 2016, delegates from 197 countries reached a landmark deal to phase-down use of the fastest growing greenhouse gases, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Rwanda. This is the biggest step…


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