Thousands of fire professionals will be in Dubai next month for one of the world’s biggest safety events, Intersec 2022. Visitors will be able to meet with manufacturers, view the latest equipment and attend an industry-leading conference programme, which will focus on some of the disasters that have made headlines around the globe.
Intersec 2022, which runs from 16 to 18 January in Dubai, is the region’s biggest exhibition for fire and safety showing the latest equipment, technology and protective clothing.
New to the event this year is the Agile First Responders Conference featuring first-hand insights from leading figures involved in major incidents that have made world headlines, including the Lebanese warehouse explosion in 2020 and fire at high-rise developments.
Head of Intersec Alex Nicholl said: ‘Given the ever-changing nature of threats – whether natural through climate change, man-made through terrorism activities or human error, either physical or virtual – ensuring safety remains the number one priority and the FIRST line of defence are the nation’s first responders.’
Speakers at the conference include Richard Reed, Head of Corporate Emergency Management and Continuity, Saudi Aramco; Sinclair Duffie, Chief Fire Officer, Nawah Energy Company; Deputy Chief Jeff Dulin, Strategic Advisor for National and International Programs, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); Anas Alzaid, Middle East and North Africa, National Fire Protection Association; Alexander Castellanos, Head of Fire & Safety, WSP; Kate Field, Global Head, Health, Safety and Well-being, British Standards Institute (BSI); Ayssar Hanza, Risk Engineering Director, Ace Energy Group (Ex BP).
A first-day session of the conference examines the Beirut Port blast – the world’s largest peacetime explosion – where a presentation will look at the actions of first responders, the performance of equipment and recommendations for future incidents.
Day 2 includes a session titled ‘The Future of First Response: A vision for firefighting’, looking at enhancing resource allocation and advance panning.
Dubai is recognized for its soaring buildings and the second day also examines the response of its emergency teams to fires in the city’s high-rises, including the New Year’s Eve fire at The Address Hotel, in the heart of the city and the blaze at The Torch, one of the world’s tallest residential buildings.
But it is the London Grenfell Tower tragedy that offers a key focus for the day and the lessons for firefighters around the world from these tall-tower blazes. Communication strategies are as important as the management and extinguishing methods and the conference will examine those.
The day includes a session with testimony from a first responder titled ‘Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon bombing’.
Day 3, takes a more selective view including sessions titled ‘Healing a First Responder’ – what are the physical needs of emergency response individuals and how can that care be implemented?
Also reflecting on the previous two days’ examination of major incidents, a session titled ‘Resilient Cities’ asks how leaders can move forward after incidents and what is the involvement of the first responders in the healing process.
So a key theme of this year’s conference and event is about learning, examining past incidents to decide how our industry manages and prepares for the future.
Alongside the show and multiple conferences is a series of daily workshops on ‘Before the incident – Emergency Planning for Disasters’ led by experts from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), ‘Incident Management – The importance of assembling the right team’ led by Tim Briggs, Past president of IOSH, UK, and ‘Post incident – The layers of incident investigation and reporting’ led by Assar Hanza, Risk Engineering Director, ACE Energy Group. These CPD-accredited courses will provide training and practical tactics for emergency responders from multiple disciplines.
One of a number of international pavilions is from France. Business France will once again foster business growth for French exhibitors by featuring two pavilions at Intersec 2022, bringing together innovative French exhibitors specializing in Commercial Security and Fire & Rescue securing coveted space at the event. Supported by La French Fab, French expertise will be represented across a variety of innovative solutions for the industry from perimeter and physical security to fire prevention and firefighting.’
Thousands of fire and safety brands and products from over 50 countries will be on show within the halls at Intersec. The theme for the event this year is Uniting the World’s leading industry specialists for the safety & security of future generations and is supported by government partners Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, SIRA and Dubai Municipality with founding partner NAFFCO.
His Excellency Lt. Gen. Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director – General of the DCD said: ‘Intersec has been integral in Dubai Civil Defence’s mission to adopt innovative solutions that are smarter, more sustainable, and that better serve our communities while preserving the natural environment. Intersec’s 23rd edition in January 2022 will be the first major gathering of its kind for the world’s security, safety and fire-protection industries, and the Dubai Civil Defence looks forward to reuniting safely with our international partners and colleagues once again.’
View the conference programme at www.intersecexpo.com/conference
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