Thursday, February 19, 2009

Emirates Gas organises UAE’s first simulation exercise to equip forces for emergency response

Dubai, February 19, 2009: Emirates Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of ENOC, organised a three-day training workshop for 60 trainees from Civil Defence representing all the seven emirates as well as Dubai Police. The workshop was held at the fire safety training grounds of Dubai Civil Defence in Al Aweer.

The highlight of the workshop was a live emergency response exercise to deal with a situation of gas leakage from a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) truck rollover, in which the product is transferred using emergency rescue vehicles, in a simulation of a real-life dangerous situation.

The simulation exercise, which was the first of its kind in the UAE, aimed at increasing awareness on emergency response tactics and educating trainees on how to deal with major emergencies in the unlikely event of a LPG truck rollover and gas leakage.

Hesham Ali Mustafa, General Manager of Emirates Gas said: “We are delighted to provide equipments and relevant information to government entities in the UAE like Civil Defence and Dubai Police to ensure they are aware and fully equipped to handle LPG gas truck incidents on road. The event generated positive response and reinforces our commitment to adopting the highest standards of safety and protecting the environment. Through collective action, each member of the society can contribute towards safety on roads.”

Brigadier Rashid Al Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence congratulated Emirates Gas and ENOC for organising the training workshop and said it immensely benefited their participating trainees. “Safety training is one of our core competencies and is an integral part of our responsibility towards the public. Learning how to deal with emergencies on the road has become a major issue that needs to be addressed to ensure a safe society. We appreciate the ongoing initiatives undertaken by Emirates Gas to develop the trainees’ skills on emergency response tactics and we look forward to further joint collaborations in the future.“

“With the fast development of the UAE, and Dubai in particular, it is vital to provide the highest safety standards, which is part of our social responsibility. To achieve this, we have brought qualified experts trained in the USA to provide training to government departments and share their expertise on how to handle LPG incidents,” Mustafa added.

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