MENA's fire safety market worth $1.12bn by 2013
Call for improvements in fire safety standards across the Middle East
The Middle East's fire safety market is expected to turn into a $1.12bn industry by 2013, according to new research.
A report by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan said the market is being driven by efforts among MENA civil defence authorities to ramp up fire safety standards, through more reliable equipment, expertise and best practices among Arab states to further build up local fire fighting capabilities.
"The Middle East is highly susceptible to fires which, when uncontrolled, can be highly catastrophic," said DuPont's regional marketing manager, Amr El-Moneim. "It is thus imperative for the region to have access to the best equipment and expertise to combat this perpetual threat.
He added: "It is just as important to ensure the personal protection of fire fighters so that they can more effectively do their job."
Given the Middle East's hot and arid conditions, firefighters need gear that can withstand multiple roles that go beyond fire fighting. A recent international survey reveals that fire rescue is actually a minor proportion of call-out incidents; fire fighting teams also provide emergency technical assistance in a wide range of environments.
Dupont said its Nomex product is a flame-resistant fibre, which is combined with fabric for use by fire fighters and industrial workers. It can withstand exposure to extreme heat for over eight seconds without melting or dripping.