Civil Defense Launches ‘Building Evacuation Culture’ Campaign during Accidents

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-Monday 9 January 2017 [ AETOS Wire ]

In coordination with its regional departments, the Directorate General of Civil Defense at the Ministry of Interior launched the ‘Building Evacuation Culture’ campaign to ensure the safety of lives and properties. The campaign also aims to promote readiness and efficiency, measure response times and preparedness of the different entities taking part in the evacuation process during emergencies. It also aims to ensure adherence to prevention and safety procedures during evacuation procedures.



Major General Jassem Muhammad Al Marzouqui, Civil Defense General Commander-in-chief at the Ministry of Interior, noted that the campaign is part of the awareness-raising plan launched by the Directorate for 2017, within the framework of implementing the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) management system, based on the MoI’s strategy. It aims to ensure accident readiness, promote successful partnership with all society segments and institutions, as well as train and qualify human resources to efficiently handle emergencies. It is also designed to spread the prevention and safety culture amongst members of society.


Major General Al Marzouqui revealed that the civil defense stations at the countrywide level have carried out 1978 evacuation drills in 2016 compared to 1245 drills in 2015.


“Evacuation drills were carried out at Burj Kahlifa in Dubai; Al Salam Street Tunnel in Abu Dhabi; the Federal Police Schools Buildings in Sharjah; Al Zawra’ Station in Ajman; RAK Mall in Ras Al Khaimah and at three schools in Umm Al Quwain,” he continued.


The Civil Defense General Commander-in-chief noted that the Directorate General of Civil Defense at the Ministry of Interior and its regional departments have set up a comprehensive plan for evacuation drills in 2017, in cooperation with a number of public and private bodies and establishments. The drills, which are consistent with the best international practices, will include governmental; commercial; industrial; educational; health care; and tourism sectors, based on the different potential dangers reported by the jurisdiction of each civil defense station across the UAE.


Major General Al Marzouqui explained that the evacuation drills focus on the implementation of the necessary procedures during a fire, from accident reporting, to  evacuating the building; heading to the assembly points; and making a head count to ensure no one is left behind. They also tackle the procedures implemented by civil defense and emergency teams at the fire accident site, such as conducting a search operation to ensure the safety of people; providing help and assistance in case of injuries and putting out the fire.


He stressed that the year-long drills will provide a safe and accident-free work environment, by educating staff members of the participating institutions on the procedures of emergency evacuation, immediate response to fire alarms, and guiding people to safety at the assembly points outside the building.


Major General Al Marzouqui called upon civil defense staff members, officers, non-commissioned officers and constables, to double the efforts to serve the country and protect its gains and achievements, and make the Emirati civil defense a role model in providing the highest prevention and safety standards.

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