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Maj.Gen. Inaugurated 6th ME Fire Safe..

Director General of Dubai Civil Defence Maj. Gen. Expert Rashid Thani Rashid ALMatrooshi ,today has inaugurated the 6TH Middle East Fire Safe Conference at Dubai Grand Sheraton, in the presence of UAE Civil Defence Commander in Chief Maj.Gen. Jassim Mahammad AlMarzouqi, GCC Civil Defence Representatives, public safety experts and fire companies representatives.

Civil Defence Authorities in the Middle East play a notable role in promoting and implementing fire safety in the region. The Dubai Civil Defence has initiated some remarkable projects like the launch of Smart Homes that enables residents to report any accident at home directly to the Civil Defence operations room. The Civil Defence department is working tirelessly to meet the government’s safety strategy for 2021.

Supported by the Directorate General of Civil Defence - Dubai, the 6th Annual Middle East FireSafe Conference is taking place between the 14 - 16 September 2015 and has been planned in accordance with the vision of the DCD. The 6th edition witnesses the Inaugural Key Note Address by Major General Expert Rashid Thani, AlMatroushi FIFireE General Director of Directorate Civil Defence Dubai.

With the theme "Fundamentals of Fire Safe", day one of the conference today features a keynote from 1st Lieutenant, Taher Al Taher addressing the audience on fire safety harmonisation in UAE. The topic discusses various ideologies like redefining fire safety goals in the region and the need for uniformity in safety regulations and codes for fire protection. Day two will see Terry Johnson, Senior Fire Safety Advisor also from the DCD present a case study on real time incident response at the “Dubai Marina Torch Tower Fire" which dominated the news cycle earlier this year.  


Other than a regional outlook, delegates are hearing from international experts. Tim Cut bill of the London Fire Brigade, is presenting a case study on managing risks in a dynamic capital city like London and Dr. Azmi Adam, President of IFE, UK, Singapore Chapter who presents the Singapore experience on key fire safety regulation schemes that are implemented in Singapore and how such schemes have brought about a high standard of fire safety in the South-East Asian country.

A key element of fire safety within the global framework is about codes and standardisation that are being introduced by global regulatory bodies. One such leading trade body and a key Fire Advocacy leader, NFPA representative Drew Azzara has been a stronghold supporter of the  Firesafe series. Azzara is addressing the attendees about Fire & Life Safety Code Trends in the Middle East and the parameters for existing industrial codes. Another address later today is to highlight the recently updated NFPA 1600 - Establishing Integrated Crisis Management & Business Continuity System by the Head of Crisis Management & Business Continuity at RasGas Company Limited. Other supporters include SFPE, IFE (Singapore Chapter), FCIA and IWMA.

The conference also features two key panel sessions, one of which is a roundtable looking into the role of stakeholders and their commitment to fire safety covering government, regulatory bodies and industry panelists. Other eminent speakers who are addressing the forum represent ENOC, British Standards Institute for Building Construction, Saudi Aramco, Dubai Airports, Qatar Petroleum, ARUP, EMAAR Malls, Roads Transport Authority and Chevron Shipping amongst many other.

This year, the event sees support from many international leading solution and services providers. These include TornaTech, Koffel Associates, Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants, Central Ventilation Systems (CVS), Knauf, Promat, Volkan, YOKOI MFG, KATMERCILER, The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Tenable Fire Engineering Consultancy.   


Civil Defence Authorities in the Middle East play a notable role in promoting and implementing fire safety in the region. The Dubai Civil Defence has initiated some remarkable projects like the launch of Smart Homes that enables residents to report any accident at home directly to the Civil Defence operations room. The Civil Defence department is working tirelessly to meet the governments safety strategy for 2021.

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