Accelerating fire safety procedures to tackle future calamities


Source: Fleming Gulf FZE

Conference on fire safety to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 18-19 June

Dubai, UAE -- BBC Brasil recently featured an article which mentioned a new bill that will be passed soon; it will cover licensing and fire safety measures for public events and night clubs. The bill will gain importance over existing laws, establishing new rules and parameters for exit and emergency signs. Congressman Paulo Pimenta stated that the bill will soon take effect taking into account the 2014 Football World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

Rio Grande do Sul’s police recently announced their findings from their investigation into the tragic fire at Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil. 16 people have been convicted and charged following the serious violations that came to light during the investigation. The club licensed to house maximum 600 people, had let more than 800 people in that night. Discrepancies like lack of escape routes and adequate lighting came to the fore. The investigation which spanned for about two months is also bringing up charges of manslaughter on Santa Maria’s mayor Cezar Schirmer and the commander of the local fire fighters Moshe Fuchs. A series of inspections at various other venues has resulted in closing of various clubs and lounges in Brazil. Brazilian Congress is set to revise all the safety regulations in light of these latest incidents.

Implementing the latest fire safety codes has become the prime need of the hour. Adopting the latest technologies and fire prevention methods will help curb future fire outbreaks and prepare fire fighters for effective damage control. With an aim to bring all fire safety professionals under one roof, Fleming Gulf is organizing the Fire Safe Latin America conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The summit to be held on 18-19 June, will gather industry experts from varied sectors like ports, transport, aviation, construction, oil & gas companies, warehousing companies and government departments to share their experiences. The conference will serve as an excellent opportunity to discuss the various challenges faced by industry peers and effective ways of tackling them.

Morgan Hurley, Technical Director, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) will be presenting at the conference on day one on lessons learned from The Station nightclub fire. The Station nightclub fire, which happened in 2003, was one of the deadliest fire ever in the history of the US and claimed 100 lives. He will be presenting a detailed study of the incident and put forth methods to avoid such calamities. Morgan Hurley is currently associated with the SFPE as Technical Director. He overlooks the technical activities of the society and teaches undergraduate and graduate-level fire protection engineering courses as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Maryland and Worcester Polytechnic University. Hurley holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Fire Protection Engineering and has to his credit various designs and safety upgrades for numerous government buildings in Washington, DC.

Topics to be covered at the summit include fire safety advances and trends in Latin America, fire security and preparedness for large scale public events, role of ABNT in fire codes and confined space rescue among others. At the conference attendees will get a chance to hear from speakers from organizations like National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ThyssenKrupp, Associacao Brasileira De Normas Tecnicas (ABNT), Castrol(BP), Gerdau Steels Brazil, Federal District Fire Department and Petrobras. The summit will feature a special keynote address by James Dolan, NFPA Fire Code Field Office, National Fire Protection Association NFPA. The conference will be held on 18-19 June in Sao Paulo, Brazil. More details about the event can be found on the website.

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