Chief Gary Morris Talks FARS in Dubai, UAE
Chief Gary Morris (ret.), Seattle Fire Department, was recently invited to Dubai, United Arab Emirates to make a presentation on firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS). Chief Morris spoke at the Fire Safety Technology Forum, sponsored by the Dubai Civil Defense, which was held on April 27, 2016. The theme of the conference was "Innovation for High-rise Resilience." This theme was prompted by the New Year's Day fire in the 63-story Address Hotel in Dubai, which was viewed live by millions of people around the world. The rapidly expanding fire presented major challenges to firefighting operations. One of those challenges was resupplying SCBA air cylinders to firefighting crews. Chief Morris showed how FARS uses the same concept of a water standpipe in a stairwell to deliver air replenishment to multiple floors.