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Dubai firefighters aim to be fastest in the world

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Dubai Civil Defence promises to have firefighters on the scene of emergencies in 30 seconds.

The new ’30-second response’ project would see Dubai aiming to hit targets in key areas not achieved by any fire-fighting unit in the world. Dubai Civil Defence and Dubai Future Foundation are collaborating on the new initiative, which should be rolled out by the end of 2018.

Not that Dubai’s fire crews are slouches when it comes to current 997 calls. Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence, said crews current response time for 80 per cent of calls is six to eight minutes. He added: “The project will help reduce the impact of incidents through a ‘real-time response’ within 30 seconds. This rapid response will help speed up evacuation processes and save more lives.”

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Brainstorming sessions by Civil Defence teams came up with ideas to speed up operations, while ‘smart responses’ to fires, such as fire extinguishing systems and safety mechanisms in buildings, will be coordinated by AE based technology company MGE. Data analysis could also use prediction to reduce risks and prevent fires from even breaking out in the first place.

The project is part of Dubai 10X initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, to put Dubai a decade ahead of other cities in the world.

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