DCD chief: Nano-tech plans to progress in Q1 2017

Progress is expected in the development of systems that support DCD's long-term nano-technology programme as officials state 70% of fires in the emirate are due to electrical failures

Nano-technology is on the radar of Dubai Civil Defence. [Representational image]
Nano-technology is on the radar of Dubai Civil Defence. [Representational image]

HE Maj Gen Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, director general of Dubai Civil Defence (DCD), said the agency has adopted nano-technology to further its firefighting operations.

Al Matrooshi added that Q1 2017 could see progress in the development of systems that support DCD's long-term nano-technology programme. 

Opening the Fire Safety Conference at the Intersec 2017 exhibition, Al Matrooshi said nano-technology would help reduce the need for huge fire extinguishing devices.

The use of nano-technology, he said, is being encouraged as generators and electrical circuits are among the most common cause of fires in Dubai.

A live translation feed of Al Matrooshi’s speech added: “Nano-technology [units] can be 2cmx2cm large, which means users can even fight fires by themselves.

“In Q1 2017, we will complete many of our nano technology [plans] to support this initiative.”

Lt Taher Hassan Altaher, head of DCD's inspection and permitting section, told reporters on the sidelines of the conference that up to 70% of fire incidents in Dubai were found to have been caused by electrical failures. 

 

 

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