On Tuesday 8th September, fires broke out in Europe’s largest refugee camp in Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos. A fast-moving fire destroyed almost the entire camp, leaving most of its 12,000 residents homeless. Only a medical facility and small clusters of tents remained untouched.
In humanitarian contexts, the combination of densely assembled shelters with open heat & flame sources can – and all too frequently do – lead to catastrophic consequences for those living in camps for IDPs.
As designer and supplier of tents and relief items, we cannot remove the risk of fire nor eliminate the environmental contexts in which they arise. However, by developing and supplying shelters that are slow flame spread and/or fire retardant treated, we can help minimise the spread of fires in humanitarian contexts, reducing the potentially severe human and material impact.
Research on product safety, and in particular fire safety, has always been a product development priority at Alpinter. All of our latest range of Family Tents and Multipurpose Shelters are using fire resistant CPAI 84-6 material or slow flame spread material, guaranteeing the safety of those occupying the tents, and in the immediate surroundings.
To evaluate the fire resistance of our products, we perform real-life and lab tests, following internationally recognised testing methods.