Mideast fire industry to be worth $1.12b by ’13

DUBAI - Recent discussions among Mena civil defence authorities to ramp up fire safety standards across the board have intensified the acquisition of more reliable equipment, expertise and best practices among Arab states to further build up local fire-fighting capabilities.

Global business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan affirms that the call to action is expected to drive the Middle East’s fire safety market into a $1.12 billion industry by 2013.

One area of particular concern is the safety of emergency responders and firefighters and the need for them to be fitted with high-quality protective clothing and equipment. Given the Middle East’s hot and arid conditions, firefighters need exceptional gear that can withstand the rigors of multiple roles that go beyond fire fighting.

DuPont, a science company, is spearheading efforts in this regard through pioneering materials such as its high-quality, intelligent flame resistant fibre called Nomex. Nomex-labelled garments are incorporated into fabric for use by fire fighters and industrial workers.

“It is thus imperative for the region to have access to the best equipment and expertise to combat this perpetual threat. It is just as important to ensure the personal protection of fire fighters so that they can more effectively do their job,” DuPont regional marketing manager Amr El Moneim said.


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