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Sleek bikes to replace fire trucks as first-response vehicles in Dubai

Dubai: Fire fighting in narrow alleys and busy roads in Dubai has become easier, thanks to an innovative motorcycle that will be soon incorporated into the Dubai Civil Defence (DCD).

The Firexpress motorcycle, developed in Denmark and presented to the authority during the Intersec security exhibition in Dubai, will be used as a first response for quick intervention in hard-to-reach fires.

The modified police version BMW motorcycle will be tested by the Civil Defence and further developed in line with the authority's requirements, Brigadier Ahmad Obaid Al Sayegh, Deputy Director General for Firefighting and Rescue of Dubai Civil Defence, said.

"We are always informed about the latest technologies in global markets to be able to benefit from them, and we have promised the producing company that our technical department will carry out any modifications to meet the requirements of our specific working conditions," Brig Al Sayegh told Gulf News.

Brig Al Sayegh said the Civil Defence had implemented many initiatives to train residents in fire safety and evacuation at homes, schools and offices, but latest technologies are also a must.

"In some cases, we have fires in the desert, such as car fires, and if we do not have the right equipment and vehicles to reach them, we will not be able to put them off," he said.

Raising efficiencies

Major Firas Mohammad Bel Hasa, Director of DCD Technical Affairs Department, said the department works closely with specialised companies to raise the efficiency of procured equipment.

"We will develop the motorcycle with additional technologies and add-ons to suit our requirements, which will be implemented by the manufacturing company," he said.

The motorcycle will also be accompanying parades, Brig Al Sayegh said.

"Dubai is a city of events and surprises, and we have to keep up with the development of the emirate and expect the unexpected," he said. "Whether accidents happen in the city, desert or sea, we have to be able to reach them quickly and take action," he added. The Firexpress Fire Fighting Motorcycle ‘BMW R1200 RT' is equipped with two 25-litre tanks containing premixed water and foam.The motorcycle is the only certified bike to hold the load, and each one is tested with a full load at a speed of up to 180kmph. The water/foam mix is used through a misting system, which produces micro drops of water.Each litre of the mix has the fire-fighting power of 10 litres of other material, as the water droplets form a cloud that engulfs the fire, which prevents air from reaching it. It also cools down fires and prevents re-ignition. The 30-metre-long hose helps reach narrow areas, while the dual nozzle lance can be used to break glass, if necessary.

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