Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) aims to respond to fire incidents in no more than 30 seconds through an initiative that would be rolled out at the end of 2018, Construction Week Online reported.
Called the ’30-Second Response’ project, DCD’s initiative was launched by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation during the World Government Summit, held in February.
The programme is being implemented under the umbrella of the Dubai 10X initiative, which aims to place Dubai 10 years ahead of other cities of the world, Dubai Media Office reported.
Commenting on the initiative, HE Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, director general of DCD, said: “The ‘30-Second Response’ project will accelerate the Civil Defence response time to 30 seconds in vital areas.
“Real-time transmission of images and data using advanced technology to operations-room administrators will enable us to take rapid action.”
Noting that DCD, following international best practice, maintains a response time of 6-8 minutes for 80% of total communications, Al Matroushi added: “We have invested in creating our own ‘real-time response’ process and benchmark.”
Al Matroushi explained 30-second response time to incidents would “help speed up evacuation processes and save more lives”.
“Fire-fighting processes will be activated immediately through fire extinguishing systems and safety mechanisms in buildings,” he said. “These measures […] will be coordinated by UAE based technology company MGE. We also have a unique opportunity to use the Statistical Analysis System (SAS) for data analysis and risk reduction on a predictive basis.
“Following a review of the timelines for the risk assessment process in vital areas of Dubai, the first phase of the new initiative will be rolled out by the end of 2018,” he continued.
According to Al Matroushi, 30 seconds is “a response time that has not been achieved by any fire-fighting unit in the world”.
The rising number of fires across the city saw the government undertaking various initiatives to promote and help create fire safety such as an online platform for fire system application and plans to launch centralised fire alarms in 150,000 buildings.
Architects and engineers have also spoken out in favour of more serious measures to ensure fire safety. Associate director at Buro Happold said fire safety should be at the forefront of skyscraper design, while vice president of development at engineering firm Jensen Hughes urged for fire safety framework for existing buildings.