Protecting UAE School Buses for Emirates Transport

Paul Smith
December 22, 2023

Reacton® Fire Suppression and partners Tabra Trading recently won one of the world's largest retrofit bus fire protection projects in history. Winning the Emirates Transport tender to fit over 2,300 school buses was monumental not only for Reacton, but for the future of Bus fire protection in the Middle East.

The importance of this work was recognised by Reacton winning the prestigious 'Fire Safety Excellence Project' award at Intersec 2024.

Having now successfully fitted over 2000 Reacton Fire Suppression systems, we are both at the forefront when it comes to safer transportation for Children in the UAE, making us an industry leader in safeguarding school buses and taxis with our cutting-edge fire suppression systems.


The deal came from the collaboration with Tabra and Emirates Transport, who recognised the increase in vehicle fires and the requirement to mitigate this risk. Various avenues and options for protection were explored but the Reacton system, with its internationally recognised approvals, proved to be best suited to meet the demands of Emirates Transport.

Not only was the system fully compliant with low maintenance costs, but Reacton’s manufacturing responsiveness, quick lead times, field support and excellent customer service, set them aside from the competition.

Importance of Approvals

It is extremely important for Reacton to have its innovation, performance, and exceptional quality verified by third-party approval & certification, meeting or exceeding international standards, and performing at the highest level in a controlled environment.

Our global certifications include:

UL 2166 - Direct (DLP) - the world's first listing for Direct Technology

UL 2166 - Indirect (ILP) Technology 

UAE.S. 5041:2021 - first to achieve ESL conformity 

SASO 2946:2020 - first to achieve ESL conformity 

AS 5062:2016

P-MARK SPCR 183 (Reacton achieved the highest score possible)


UNECE Regulation 107

ISO 9001:2015 - CE Mark


Reacton Fire Suppressions dedication and commitment to consistent product quality, independent testing and global approvals, gives you the peace of mind required to make Reacton your first choice when it comes to automatic fire suppression systems for vehicles.

UAE.S 5041: 2021

Fires in buses are well documented, often created through poor maintenance, electrical problems, fuel systems or engine problems, so when a fire does occur, often in a confined space, surrounded by combustible materials, the outcome can be disastrous. A common issue is insufficient time for passengers to exit the bus, so gaining valuable time is a top priority followed by protection of the asset.

Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) and Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MOIAT) have considered and evaluated these real world events in creating UAE.S 5041, combining proven fire tests for buses & coaches, component testing, and detection, to bring them together under one comprehensive approval. Emirates Safety Laboratory (ESL) are perfectly set up and accredited to test this fantastic new standard.

The new standard evaluates fire suppression requirements for engine compartments of buses and coaches with the various tests requiring completion to achieve the high standard created, all of which Reacton passed.

Real Life Events

A Reacton fire suppression system recently saved a school bus in Abu Dhabi from the devastating consequences of fire. Although in the maintenance area, the turbo outlet pipe clamp came apart and ignited oil residue on the engine, which caused the fire. Within seconds the Reacton system detected, activated, and suppressed the fire, preventing it from spreading to the whole vehicle and destroying it. Our high-performance fire suppression system helps to mitigate the risk of vehicle fires and save lives.

Installation & Training

We pride ourselves on the ease of use and quick installation of our systems, providing in-depth training to ensure our distributors have a comprehensive understanding of our systems. Our training includes various aspects such as:

Full risk assessment

Design and configuration of the system according to the risk assessment

Installation and compliance with the system parameters

Commissioning and maintenance

Training is critical in ensuring the engineers understand the functionality of our systems and ensure that the system performs at the highest possible standard to effectively protect the bus.

In Conclusion

Reacton’s dedication to innovation and research and development ensures that school buses equipped with their fire suppression systems offer the highest level of protection giving parents, school authorities, and communities peace of mind. Reacton are proud to play a crucial role in providing our automatic fire suppression systems to school buses across the Emirates, addressing a huge issue and setting a precedent for the Middle East and fire protection.

  Reacton Fire Suppression is a global manufacturer of Fire Detection and Suppression Systems. For supply enquires around the world, contact us today. With offices in the UK, Dubai UAE and Arizona USA, we have you covered.

Protecting Your Future, Today 

For more information please contact us using one of the following:

 Tel: +44 (0)800 0306526



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