More than US$48 million spent on fire prevention, rescue

A Vietnamese scientist has invented and successfully tested a firefighting liquid that can douse fire in one-tenth of a second, which will be a great help in controlling widespread blazes. Testing new firefighting liquid. - Photo courtesy of Dr Doãn Hà Thắng The liquid will make it much easier and faster to stamp out a large fire compared to traditional methods of firefighting that use materials such as water, carbon dioxide and foam. Dr Doãn Hà Thắng, one of the first Vietnamese scientists being trained in plasma physics in Japan, has invented the material based on global research on extinguishing fire using space technology. Thắng is chief of Việt Nam Space Committee’s Office and the “founding father” of Việt Nam’s first English-teaching robot called Robot Teacher, which helps learners train in advanced English speaking and understanding in less than two months. He started work on the firefighting liquid in 2015, and began by gathering global research materials on extinguishing fire in space. He also used nano technology to create the material and has now pioneered a new firefighting method in Việt Nam. In layperson terms, the firefighting liquid neutralises the fire by using a material that has the opposite electricity charge compared to the material fire is made of. The invention uses nano materials as a catalyst to extinguish the fire. The most common way of putting out a fire is through…... [read more]

My Phuoc Industrial Park park 3 in the southern province of Binh Duong. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Khanh Authorities in the southern province of Binh Duong and the representatives of South Korean companies operating in the province met on Wednesday to resolve difficulties faced by businesses in the area. At the meeting, companies raised questions about human resources, product displays, business expansion, fire prevention, work safety, social insurance, wages and the environment. The authorities answered questions and offered solutions, promising the companies that they would continue to improve the investment environment. A representative of the province’s Department of Construction said that construction of 1,230 sq metres of social housing, including accommodations for workers would end in 2020. At the meeting, the province’s Department of Industry and Trade said it would offer convenient conditions to investors to develop centres for product display and would regularly organise trade promotions and exhibitions where companies can display products and technologies. Under the national plan for key economic zones in the southern region, a fair and exhibition centre will be built by 2035 on an area of 25 hectares, according to the department. The province’s Department of Planning and Investment said it was working with the provincial People’s Committee to upgrade local infrastructure and that investors would be sought to develop infrastructure in industrial zones. By 2020, the province is expected to have 34 industrial zones with a total area of nearly 15,000ha. …... [read more]

Authorities in the southern province of Bình Dương and the representatives of South Korean companies operating in the province met on Wednesday to resolve difficulties faced by businesses in the area. illustration photo source: binhduong.gov.vn At the meeting, companies raised questions about human resources, product displays, business expansion, fire prevention, work safety, social insurance, wages and the environment. The authorities answered questions and offered solutions, promising the companies that they would continue to improve the investment environment. A representative of the province’s Department of Construction said that construction of 1,230 sq metres of social housing, including accommodations for workers would end in 2020. At the meeting, the province’s Department of Industry and Trade said it would offer convenient conditions to investors to develop centres for product display and would regularly organise trade promotions and exhibitions where companies can display products and technologies. Under the national plan for key economic zones in the southern region, a fair and exhibition centre will be built by 2035 on an area of 25 hectares, according to the department. The province’s Department of Planning and Investment said it was working with the provincial People’s Committee to upgrade local infrastructure and that investors would be sought to develop infrastructure in industrial zones. By 2020, the province is expected to have 34 industrial zones with a total area of nearly 15,000ha. Foreign direct investment is an important…... [read more]

Shortly after taking over and consolidating the operation of An Giang Tourism Joint Stock Company, Sao Mai Group has embarked on a strategy to rebuild the entire Dong Thap Tourism Joint Stock Company. This is not only an internal reform but also shows the determination of Sao Mai Group to blow a new wind and arouse tourism potential in Dong Thap province, which is popularly dubbed the Realm of Pink Lotus. Comprehensive changes With a total budget of nearly VND200 billion, Sao Mai Group is resolute to reshuffle almost all infrastructures for the hotel chain and complete other items unfinished by the old company. The 3-star Song Tra Hotel is being totally rebuilt with a sophisticated and scientific architectural design. Every item like the administrative area, reception hall, kitchen, massage room, karaoke, bedroom, garden cafe, Hanh Phuc Restaurant and rooftop cafe is rationally arranged to meet customer tastes. Sao Mai Group replaced all fire prevention and fighting system, lightning system, water supply and drainage system, and elevators to ensure fire prevention, food safety and environmental sanitation for the hotel and restaurant complex. With the revamp expected to be completed by the end of this year, Song Tra Hotel will be available to serve customers during Christmas, New Year and Lunar New Year 2018 with modern elegant facilities and new service styles. Earlier this year, the Italian-styled Bong Hong International Convention Centre with an accommodation capacity of 1,000 guests (the largest in the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – At the end of July, there were 65 high-rise apartment buildings that failed to observe fire safety regulations regarding their construction, according to the city’s Department of Fire Prevention and Fighting. A fire fighting drill session at a high-rise building in Ha Noi. — Photo: VNA/VNS Of the total, 64 buildings had not passed fire safety tests but were already operational, while one building was under construction but had not passed a fire safety assessment relating to its design. The follow-up findings came two months after a police report at the end of May stating that there were 79 high-rise apartment buildings out of 8,000 inspected found to be lacking in fire safety compliance. The results mean that in two months, only 13 building owners have addressed the issues, while one building (Tower N02-T3 at the Diplomatic Residence Area in North Tu Liem District) has had to suspend operations until fire safety concerns are fully dealt with. Also according to the report in May, Ha Dong District continues to have the highest number of fire safety violations, with 20 buildings falling short, followed by South Tu Liem District in second with seven buildings and North Tu Liem District with six.  VNS related news Hanoi to crack down on fire safety violations Fire safety still the scourge of Hanoi... [read more]

NDO - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) to continue modernising its technology and build on its momentum to maintain its standing in the national economy, during a working session with the group held in Hanoi on August 5. Speaking at the session, the PM noted that the group’s attainments have substantially contributed to the national socio-economic development and sovereignty protection, adding that restructuring the group and its affiliates is also crucial in promoting key projects and contributing to the national economy. More attention should also be paid to improving employee livelihoods, he said. According to a report presented by the group at the session, PetroVietnam produced 9.23 million tonnes of oil in the first seven months of 2017. The group’s total revenue in the first seven months of 2017 reached VND278.5 trillion (US$12.25 billion), surpassing the seven-month target by 14% and fulfilling 64% of the yearly target. The fire prevention at oil and gas facilities was seriously controlled while social welfare policies have been carried out. The group is striving to produce at least 13.28 million tonnes of crude oil and 10.61 billion cubic meters of gas in 2017 and will keep a close watch on oil prices in order to promptly cope with any fluctuations. It will also focus on the safe and stable operation of oil and gas plants in addition to accelerating investment and prioritising capital for projects to…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The July 29 bakery fire that claimed the lives of eight workers, mostly teens, once again highlights the lax fire safety practices in factories and warehouses in the capital city. The confectionary factory in Hoai Duc District where a fire occurred last weekend and claimed 8 lives. — VNA Photo The 170sq.m confection factory in Ha Noi’s Hoai Duc District, owned by Nguyen Van Duoc, 25, caught fire that quickly consumed the workshop filled with combustible materials. The dead victims were mostly teenagers, members of the same family and also related to the factory’s owner. They all hailed from a poor village, Long Xuyen, in the capital’s Phuc Tho rural district. The Prime Minister himself interceded in the latest tragedy, ordering Ha Noi authorities to deliver proper support for the victims and their families and to report to him the findings of their investigation. Initial reports by the Ha Noi People’s Committee and police indicate that during repairs, sparks and hot slag from welding set the styrofoam ceiling on fire, which caused the attic to collapse. Burning debris then blocked the sole exit – the front entrance – trapping the victims inside. The tragedy follows a particularly devastating fire at the end of last year at a karaoke bar on Ha Noi’s Tran Thai Tong Street, which was also ignited by welding slags and ended with 13 deaths and scores of injured. Despite the widespread coverage of the fire and the lack of safety precautions, the latest…... [read more]

The People’s Committee of Ha Long City on Thursday requested the inland waterway port authority to suspend all activities of 14 wooden cruise boats operating in Ha Long Bay. Fire on the Anh Duong QN 3598 tourist boat in Ha Long Bay on January 29. The suspension comes into effect from Saturday and will hold until further notice from the committee. The cruises, which have been operating in the popular tourist destination in the coastal province of Quang Ninh, have been suspended as they have not implemented fire prevention and tourist boat safety measures, as required by the committee. The tourist boats will not be allowed to leave and enter ports, nor conduct any activities in the bay. On May 29, the committee had requested all wooden tourist boats built in the 2006-08 period to complete their fire safety prevention measures and to get them verified by local registry offices before July 25. Of the 14 suspended cruises, two are operated by Tuan Chau Five Star Yacht JSC, four by Bhaya Cruise Co. Ltd., and three by Bài Thơ Tourist Transportation Company. The remaining five cruises belong to the five companies: Romantic Sail Co. Ltd., Thành Hưng Co. Ltd., Hạ Long Sail JSC, Vịnh Xanh Tourism Co. Ltd. and Hương Hải Group Co. Ltd.  VNS... [read more]

At the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Huu Hao, said the award acknowledged the winners’ efforts in observing regulations on fire prevention and fighting so as to ensure operational safety, reduce damage and maintain sustainable development in the process of global economic integration. The event is organised by the Industrial and Telecommunications Service Centre in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Environment and Safety Technology under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Police Department’s Fire Fighting Force, under the Ministry of Public Security. Despite a fall in the number of fires and explosions in recent years, they have caused huge damage. According to the Police Department’s Fire Fighting Force, 1,948 fires were reported in 2009, including 271 forest fires, and the remaining 1,677 fires caused damage worth VND500 billion, down 3 percent and 18 percent respectively compared to 2008. The number of explosions in 2009 fell by 40 percent but the toll increased by 56 percent against 2008. Fires broke out mostly in cities and provinces which have many industrial zones, such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Hung Yen and An Giang. They accounted for 34 percent of the total number of fires and 77 percent of total damage in the country.... [read more]

According to the Ranger Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, fire danger warnings are at level 5, the highest level, in 19 provinces and cities. Fire danger warnings for 24 other localities are at level 4. Since early this month, 59 forest fires have been reported in 13 provinces and cities across the country with an average of more than 60 fire spottings as many as 140 in high-risk localities. Big fire forests have broken out in the northern mountainous provinces of Cao Bang, Son La and Yen Bai. Deputy PM Hai asked the Central Steering Board and local authorities to supervise forest fire prevention and control measures and report regularly to the Government. Mr Hai said the main cause of fire forests is due to the practice of slash-and-burn farming. It is imperative to raise public awareness of fire prevention and to instruct local forestry officials to keep a close watch on fire-prone forests and sniff out any blaze before it spreads, Mr Hai warned.... [read more]




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