Essential fire protection for tall buildings

The UAE boasts some of the most architecturally advanced cities in the world, with Dubai alone boasting 20 of the world’s tallest 100 towers. These inspirational structures have prompted engineering breakthroughs that have changed construction forever, allowing buildings to reach…

The role of an expert witness

The consequences of fire can impact on a project or within the wider built environment at any time. In fact, the longest part of the lifecycle of a building (design, construction, in-use and demolition/reconstruction) is the in-use phase.  Fire-safety issues…

Firefighter fatalities: Some positive signs from NFPA

NFPA recently released its annual “U.S. Firefighter Fatalities in the United States” report, which showed fewer than 50 U.S. firefighter fatalities while on duty in 2019, reflecting the lowest number of deaths reported since NFPA began conducting this study in…

The Beirut explosion; an inconvenient truth for the industry and authorities

The devastating explosion in the Beirut harbour area was a dramatic wake-up call for the industry and (port) authorities worldwide. The cataclysmic event strongly proves the need for proactive risk management regarding large-scale storage of ammonium nitrate and other extremely…

Providing aircraft rescue and firefighting services during a pandemic event

The global aviation business was among the first industries to be immediately affected by the recent and ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Airport Fire and Rescue Services worldwide are working hard to maintain their full operational readiness, enabling the continued movement of…

Control the virus, stop the spread!

During these challenging times Firefighters, Police, Medics and other first responders remain in the front line and are certainly likely to be exposed to the COVID-19 virus during the course of their duties. There has been a plethora of published…

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…


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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