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Civil Defence playing key role in securing Qatar 2022 World Cup facilities: Official

Civil Defence playing key role in securing Qatar 2022 World Cup facilities: Official

QNA
Doha
The Ministry of Interior (MoI), represented by the General Directorate of Civil Defence, celebrated the World Civil Defense Day that falls on the first of March of every year.
The celebration aims to emphasise the efforts of the civil defence personnel in protecting property and lives.
Director General of the General Directorate of Civil Defence Brigadier General Hamad Othman Al Dehaimi said this year’s celebration will be held under the slogan — The Civil Defence Force in protecting the National Economy — to signify the importance of the work of civil defence and its close link with the strength of the national economy.
Al Dehaimi pointed out that this year’s slogan reflects the role of civil defence in protecting facilities that have accelerated their pace remarkably, similar to the facilities of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, such as football stadiums, factories, hotels, and buildings, in addition to securing all aspects of trade and investment in its various fields.
He said the General Directorate of Civil Defence has been an integral part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Safety and Security Operations Committee for securing tournament stadium facilities and their compliance with internationally applicable safety regulations and their conformity with the Civil Defense Law. It indicates continuous coordination between the administration and the authorities responsible for the construction of the World Cup facilities.
He said the General Directorate of Civil Defence covers or secures stadiums and prepares qualified cadres to deal with emergency situations during matches and events, whether in the stadiums or in the headquarters of the participating teams, fan’s areas and training grounds.
He emphasised the experiences gained by the directorate through its dealings with various sporting events in the country and abroad.
The directorate also sent a number of officers to attend international tournaments to gain further expertise, including to World Cup 2018 in Russia, he said.
He praised the role of the Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College and its contribution to providing the directorate with qualified engineering cadres to work in the field of civil defence, who hold a certificate in emergency and disaster management, as well as specialists in fire and safety engineering and other specializations.
He stressed that the Civil Defense Department keeps abreast of the comprehensive developments and renaissance in the country through continuous training and qualification for its employees in cooperation with Ras Laffan College for Emergency and Safety.
He appreciated the great cooperation between all parties participating in the evacuation training, which aims to increase awareness of safety procedures and train workers in various agencies on how to face fires and emphasize readiness.
He pointed out that the civil defense directorate participated in the exercises at the railway stations under the supervision of the Public Transport Security Department to determine the measures taken to secure the stations, in cooperation with a number of concerned authorities.
He also announced the inauguration of two new cars for use in rescue and rapid intervention operations. While one of these new cars is intended for rapid intervention, the other is being used for the first time in Qatar and is intended for rescue operations, whether from collapses or various accidents.
Al Dehaimi said such new mechanisms help the working teams in carrying out their work and facilitate their movement and speed in their response to accidents.
It also meets the immediate needs of the civil defense work and works to strengthen the administration’s modern fleet.