Dhaka, Sunday, 19 May 2019

Int’l Fire Safety and Security Expo-2019 held with participants from 30 countries

Int’l Fire Safety and Security Expo-2019 held with participants from 30 countries

Staff Correspondent: Country's biggest showcase for fire, safety and security the ‘International Fire Safety and Security Expo-2019’ has been held in Dhaka on 14-16 February aiming to make people aware of fire safety and security systems. Coming together to ensure fire safety and security measures, the government and private sector entrepreneurs participated in the expo and brought all security equipments under one roof.

According to the data of the Bangladesh Fire Service & Civil Defense, Bangladesh incurred a loss of about Tk 25,000 crore due to fire incidents across the country in the last five years. The data shows that a total of 19,642 fire incidents took place in the country in 2018, causing an economic loss of Tk 386 crore, killing 130 people and injuring 664 more.

A total of 70 companies from 26 countries including the US, the UK, Germany, Italy, Taiwan, Turkey, China, and India participated in this three day long expo. Electronics Safety and Security Association of Bangladesh (ESSAB), in association with the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense (BFSCD) and National Fire Protection Association NFPA, (USA) organized the expo at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC), Dhaka.

Inaugurating the expo as the chief guest, Housing and Public Works Minister S M Rejaul Karim said, ‘The combined efforts of the government and the business community have brought remarkable developments to this sector. It is a dream to develop Bangladesh as a country where prosperity, safety, and security can coexist. This expo is immensely beneficial for our country’s development towards that goal.’

ESSAB President Motaher Hoshan Khan said, ‘Under the pressure of buyers, most of the export-oriented industries, especially the RMG industry, have ensured fire safety. But many building owners are still lagging behind.’

Mr. Motaher also said that a fire protection system is an integral component of a building’s safety plan without which the lives of those inside are placed at risk in case of an emergency. ‘Building and industry safety and security are also important and must be protected,’ he opined.

Director General of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan said, ‘The main objective of this expo is to address the upcoming challenges by learning from the past incidents and observations, and to introduce the best fire safety practices.’

As a part of the expo, four seminars—titled ‘Smart City’, ‘Cyber Security and Digital Transformation’, ‘Industrial Fire Safety Solution’, and ‘Fire Hazards and High-rise Building’ were held in the BICC conference room.

Resource persons, seminars participants and expo visitor’s acknowledged that increasing development works bringing several new challenges for us. High-rise residential and commercial buildings, industries, mills, factories, shopping malls, hospitals, CNG-LPG-LNG gas usersand upcoming mega projects create new challenges for people relating to fire and earthquake safety.

They said

that houses, shops, offices and other establishments are being gutted in towns, including the capital and divisional cities, and even in villages across the country. The loss caused by fires could be minimized after identifying the causes behind the infernos and taking awareness measures.

ESSAB Vice President Engr. MD. Monzur Alam and Motin Khan were among presided over the seminars.