FireTreks was created to start a journey, born from a love of learning combined with a hunger for travel, it aims to showcase all things fire in regions around the world.
As a fire engineer by trade I’ve spent the past 11 years working on projects across the world, based both in London and Dubai. I’ve been lucky enough to work with brilliant engineers and innovative architects who have pushed the boundaries of creativity to really challenge the limits of engineering.
Hotels in Azerbaijan, a hospital in Bermuda and super highrises in Mumbai, from historic Westminster Palace and Gatwick Airport to the epic Dubai EXPO 2020 Sustainability Pavilion, a diverse range of exciting buildings adding a lot of variety to my career.
However, regardless of this diversity, it feels I have only been exposed to a fraction of the industry and I’m excited to see what can be learnt from the countries I visit.
In its conceptual stages the idea was to simply write honest unbiased stories focusing on individuals, historical events, new technologies, scientific analysis, social, economic and environmental issues that interested me, with the hope that others may also be interested. But having introduced the concept in the fire community, both in the UK and around the world, there has been a fantastic response and it is becoming apparent that FireTreks could also be a platform to promote knowledge sharing, raise awareness and open dialogue as well as connect people together who otherwise may not have the resources to do so.
My experience in consultancy suggests that fire can often become stuck in archaic processes compared with other disciplines. Having a keen interest in new technologies, big data and processing information, I am fascinated to discover how the rest of the world is dealing with emerging technologies. In the short time I have been researching, I have found ground breaking projects and feats of science and technology which could advance the way we manage many aspects of fire safety. But the big question is, how far is this data shared internationally if at all? Could we be doing more to ensure that lessons learnt in one place could be benefiting other regions to ensure a safer environment for all?
So how can you help…….?
Prior to beginning the journey, the main focus for FireTreks has been to research potential subject matter and attempt to establish a good list of contacts across the South American region – fire fighters, volunteers, geologists, scientists, engineers, historians, in fact anyone with a story to tell which will highlight to the world the great work that’s being carried out in the uniqueness of individual communities and environments.
Perhaps you are reading this and know of a team or person doing incredible work in the fire engineering field. Perhaps you have a contact in the deepest depths of the Amazon rainforest who may be able to show first hand how wildfires are tackled. Perhaps you’ve been researching/studying fires in the region and would like to share your findings. Any suggested stories or contacts will be welcome.
If you are interested in finding out more or feel you could offer support through contacts, knowledge sharing or ideas for research topics please don’t hesitate to message me. The joy will be in the unpredictability and chaos of adventure, I hope you can join for the ride!
Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.