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Video: Dubai to become world's fastest city to respond to fire incidents

Khaleej Times logo Khaleej Times 02/05/2018 Staff Reporter
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Every block in Dubai would have a civilian responder to fire incidents, as part of a proposed plan to make the city the fastest in the world to respond to fire emergencies. The responder/controller would be trained and certified by the Dubai Civil Defence.

The plan is part of a proposal made by the Dubai Civil Defence as part of the 'Dubai 10X', an initiative that aims to place Dubai 10 years ahead of other cities.

The civil defence's '30-second response project' will reduce the time taken to respond to fire incidents from the global average of eight minutes to 30 seconds. "This includes the adoption of nanotechnology and self-extinguishing systems," the Dubai Media Office tweeted as they posted a video detailing the project.

The project would help Dubai set the world record in the fastest response to fire incidents. The authority is already working towards a plan to reduce the average time taken to respond to a fire incident to four minutes by 2021.

According to the video, the project entails equipping building with nanotechnology that will "extinguish fires before it starts". "All transport systems will be equipped with self extinguishing systems."

As soon as a fire is reported, the authority will mobilise its civilian responders. Using smart devices, they will be instructed to carry out certain tasks as the authority's fire-fighting trucks are dispatched.

"Responders can, for example, begin evacuation process or trigger fixed fire-fighting systems," the video said.

The project would help Dubai reduce operational costs and save on manpower. It will also help reduce congestion on Dubai roads and carbon footprints as fire trucks would be dispatched only if genuinely needed.

According to the video, currently "fire trucks are mobilised and dispatched unnecessarily". "Many reported incidents can be contained without the physical presence (of the civil defence)."

The project is one of 26 Dubai 10X initiatives developed by 24 government entities in Dubai approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation.

The 26 initiatives were chosen by a committee of experts and specialists after evaluating more than 160 ideas submitted by 36 parties in less than 365 days.

The Dubai 10X initiative was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to generate exceptionally innovative ideas that can advance government services and strengthen Dubai's global standing.

sahim@khaleejtimes.com

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