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Enoc staff to get free firefighting training.

Summary: There are hopes an advanced training unit for industrial firefighting will help save millions of dirhams that are lost due to fires.

There are hopes an advanced training unit for industrial firefighting will help save millions of dirhams that are lost due to fires.

The unit, which was launched on Saturday in the emirate's Al Aweer area, is a joint initiative of the Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) and Dubai Civil Defence aimed at promoting industrial safety.

According to the memorandum of understanding, free training is to be provided by the Dubai Civil Defence to over 5,000 Enoc employees, while Enoc's Environment, Health and Safety Department will provide training programmes at the facility in phases.

There are also plans to extend the training to other organisations across the emirate. The opening ceremony was attended by Major-General Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director of Dubai Civil Defence, and other government officials.

Al Matrooshi said Dubai Civil Defence had invested in developing new training programmes through establishing training facilities, and developing training strategies.

"It is a vital thing for Civil Defence to respond to accidents. So it established the new training unit for industrial firefighting, based on the latest international standards of safety training. The new facility will...provide advanced expertise in collaboration with our strategic partners. The partnership between Enoc and Dubai Civil Defence is an example of the successful cooperation in enhancing public safety in Dubai specifically, and in the UAE in general."

Enoc CEO Saeed Khoory thanked the Dubai Civil Defence for their partnership in establishing one of the most advanced training centres focused on industrial and petroleum firefighting, adding that millions of dirhams are lost due to fires that can be avoided through safe industry practices and the losses mitigated through timely intervention of trained employees.

"The new training unit for industrial firefighting sets a new benchmark in Dubai's efforts to promote safety.

And it will be a significant value not only for Enoc employees, but for the oil and gas industry stakeholders, who can benefit from the professionals from Enoc and Dubai Civil Defence."

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Jun 3, 2013
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