Security first: Intersec 2013 preciew

Security first: Intersec 2013 preciew
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Published: 12 January 2013 - 8:01 a.m.
By: CW Staff

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With 1,000 exhibitors at the event, the 15th edition of Intersec is set to be 10% larger than the 2012 show

According to Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organisers of Intersec 2013, the continuing growth of the exhibition can be ascribed to the burgeoning safety and security industry worldwide and the ongoing support of local authorities such as Dubai Police, Dubai Police Academy and UAE Civil Defence.

Running alongside the event is a number of fringe events and features. The 2013 edition will take place from January 15-17 and feature the fourth edition of the UAE Firefighters Challenge.

The conferences will feature forums on fire safety, airport security, and fire safety in the petrochemical sector.

Michael Dehn, group exhibitions director, Epoc Messe Frankfurt, says: “Feedback from exhibitors and visitors indicate that the exhibition and conference have succeeded in addressing most of the key topics that concern regional safety, health and policing sectors.

"We have also been successful in attracting the participation of manufacturers, suppliers and service providers of note.”

Fire safety spotlight
Fire safety codes will be under the spotlight at the Intersec forum, where international safety experts will discuss topics vital to the region.

Regional governments, including the UAE, are currently working on further strengthening preventive measures, including enhanced inspections and stricter regulation of materials used in construction.

The forum will discuss the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code with a specific focus on external fire spread in high-rise buildings. The use of flammable materials in exterior cladding of buildings has been banned by federal authorities in UAE, where the Fire and Life Safety Code has been recently amended.

“The fire performance of all external cladding systems used on high rise buildings should be tested and approved to ensure they do not present a risk to life, property loss, and disruption to people’s lives and businesses,” says Dr Sarah Colwell, head of suppression at BRE Global, UK.

“Ensuring that the systems are correctly tested, approved and installed will help to prevent future conflagrations from taking place.”

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