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Asia’s Fire Disaster Experts Gear Up for Effective Crisis Management – Building a Safer Tomorrow

Rising concerns in Asia together with the rapid economic and population growth in the region have compelled the region’s fire safety and security industry to meet new demands and challenges. These concerns have pushed the issue of fire safety for properties and people to the forefront and have framed the concerns and policies of government officials and fire professionals. Independently, Asian governments have formulated codes and guidelines that have promoted and provided fire safety requirements in homes and public places. In response to this, Fire & Disaster Asia (FDA) 2014 was launched this morning at the Singapore EXPO to offer solutions and introduce new technologies designed to enhance fire safety to South-east Asia’s key markets such as Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.

Fire & Disaster Asia (FDA) 2014 which is concurrently held with Fire Safety Asia Conference (FiSAC) 2014, offers an extensive showcase of innovative and specialized rescue and disaster management equipment, products and services. The three-day event will bring together the best in field who will share a wide range of products, services and solutions relating to security and safety, fire and disaster management and the protection of life and property. Over the next three days, FDA 2014 will play host to 34 exhibitors from 7 countries. The exhibition spans over 2,500 square metres.

“We hope that through FDA 2014, solutions can be provided to the potential threats that come hand-in-hand with the increasing number of skyscrapers or even facilities which make use of underground or subterranean spaces,” said Mr Edward Liu, Group Managing Director of Conference & Exhibition Management Services (CEMS).

To discuss and share best practices in the Asian fire safety industry, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council (NFEC) is jointly presenting the second Fire Safety Asia Conference (FiSAC) 2014. Covered within the three days are a two-day conference and a full-day workshop. This conference themed “Fire Safety & Emergency Management: The Way Forward” will feature fire safety experts and professionals, as well as government agencies and authorities who will share their experiences and solutions for preventing and containing outbreaks of fire in commercial, industrial and residential areas. Fire Safety Asia Conference (FiSAC) 2014 was officially opened this morning by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs. Mr Masagos toured the exhibition and met with the leading industry products and service providers at the exhibition.

A highlight of the conference will be the presentation of awards to the winners of the Fire Safety Design Excellence Awards 2014 at the FiSAC Gala Dinner 2014 on September 10, 2014. The main objective of the Awards is to inculcate a strong fire safety culture among building professionals in developing our built environment. The Awards serve to recognise individuals and organisations for their efforts in overcoming various challenges to achieve high standards in fire safety design of building projects in Singapore. The awards fall under two categories : buildings with a total construction cost of less than S$100 million and buildings with a total construction cost of S$100 million or more.

Fire & Disaster Asia 2014 is supported by the Association of Company Emergency Response Teams (Singapore), the Association of Consulting Engineers Singapore, the Fire Safety Managers’ Association (Singapore), The Institution of Engineers Singapore, The Institution of Fire Engineers Singapore, the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore, the Singapore Institute of Architects, the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers and the Singapore Manufacturing Federation.

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