As metropolitan populations increase, the trend is for city architects to design taller buildings - office, hotel and apartments to accommodate this increase. Dubai is an excellent example! Fire regulations are already strict, but should a fire occur in a high-rise or mega building, it could be disastrous and is, therefore, an ever-increasing concern to the metropolitan emergency services rescue community, particularly in global regions of natural disaster.
Fire in high-rise buildings is not a regular occurrence, but when it does happen, such as the post-earthquake fires in Japan, or following acts of terrorism such as '9/11' in New York - the loss of life is usually heavy. So how can city emergency services improve fire protection and reduce loss of life above the seventh floor of a high-rise or mega building and what is the alternative to classic fire suppression systems?
The only technology that can provide both fire suppression and rescue is airborne - the Helicopter. Recent studies have demonstrated that the helicopter is feasible for firefighting and rescue from High-Rise buildings. In conjunction with Dubai Helishow , and at the request of the Dubai Police Air Wing, Tangent Link is hosting this unique conference for international emergency services, first responders, civil & government helicopter operators, helicopter and firefighting equipment manufacturers to debate this topical issue.