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Tribune News Network
Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB) recently conducted an emergency evacuation drill at its main branch on Grand Hamad Street, enacting a virtual fire scenario in the presence of the Civil Defence and Emergency Medical Service personnel.
The drill was part of the bank’s emergency response plan seeking to reinforce its safety and security standards.
The drill simulated the procedures that should be followed during fires, including the use of fire alarms for the evacuation of employees from the buildings.
QIIB staff entrusted with the implementation of security and safety procedures carried out the evacuation plan and successfully implemented the tasks they were trained to perform.
They supervised the evacuation operations inside the building by guiding employees to the emergency exit, making sure they used the allocated routes, stopping elevators and directing employees to predetermined assembly points for emergencies.
Ibrahim al Tamimi, QIIB head (Administrative Services), said, “It is an essential security and safety procedure that we are keen to carry out periodically to ensure our readiness to face emergencies.”
“This drill proves that our staff members are very well aware of the dangers, as they showed a quick and organised response. It also reflects the active and effective cooperation among the bank’s staff at all levels, whether among the security and safety team or employees themselves, and the various departments and sections concerned,” he said.
“In addition to the training and information we provide and the various drills we conduct at all QIIB buildings, we are keen to provide all security and safety equipment to prepare for and prevent any dangers or sudden events,” Tamimi added.
The bank’s buildings are equipped with fire alarms, emergency exits, fire extinguishers and signage in all the corridors indicating the closest exits to the occupants of the building, in line with the best international standards.
Tamimi thanked the members of the Civil Defence and Emergency Medical Service personnel who participated in the drill. He also thanked QIIB security and safety team and all employees who were present at the bank and carried out the evacuation procedures as per the directions and instructions that were given to them, which confirmed the bank’s readiness to deal with potential emergencies.
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