Dubai appeal to raise global fire standards: earlier this year FIRE visited Dubai and spoke to Colonel Ali Al Sayed Abrahim to discover the department's innovative approach to reducing incidences of fire, and the Colonel's passionate appeal to improve firefighting standards across the world.(Focus On Dubai)

Dubai Civil Defence operates in a fairly unique way to most fire services in that for the mast pad initiatives can be developed and pushed through without the hindrance of protracted bureaucratic processes. The traditional approach is to grow from a small base and expand where it is seen to be economically viable and effective in terms of reducing incidences of fires. This has led to imaginative schemes that produce substantial results, with the guiding rule that life safety is of paramount importance.

This concern, however, is not limited to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, but to a belief that all countries should be equipped and supported to effectively safeguard their people.

FIRE spoke to Colonel All AI Sayed Abrahim to discover more about this approach.

FIRE: What is the structure of Dubai Civil Defence?

Col. A: It has been a fire brigade department since 1965, when it was under the control of the Dubai Municipal Authority. In 1972, when the UAE became a country Dubai Civil Defence went under the Ministry of Interior. We hove three major service departments: Firefighting--the operational sector; Fire safety--including fire prevention awareness far business; and, Public Awareness. Within those sections there are several units including Media, Legal Affairs, Workshop Training Centre, library Radio/IV, Computers, Statistics, and Translation.

FIRE: Would you describe the Civil Defence as very advanced?

Col. A: Yes, compared to other Arabic fire services. We also have a very different approach to management policy.

As the fire service is very costly, from the offset we were positive in developing the department. …

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