New technologies boost civil defence capabilities

First phase of Smart Civil Defence Stations project in Abu Dhabi inaugurated to bolster preparedness and response time

HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, officially inaugurated the first phase of the project.
HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, officially inaugurated the first phase of the project.

The first phase of the Smart Civil Defense Stations project in Abu Dhabi has been opened by General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

At a ceremony held at the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence General Directorate’s Operations Room at the Qubeisat Civil Defence Station, Sheikh Saif reviewed the project’s key objectives, which are intended to support and develop civil defence teams’ performance and achieve effective emergency responses in the shortest possible time possible. The systems will also ensure timely arrival at the incident site.

Major General Dr Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Federal Civil Defense Sector Development Council; Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director General of Central Operations at Abu Dhabi Police; Major General Salem Al Shamesi, Deputy Director General of Finance and Services; Brigadier Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Director General of the Headquarters Affairs at Abu Dhabi Police; and Colonel Juma Al Dahmani, Acting Director General of Abu Dhabi Civil Defense also attending the ceremony.

Sheikh Saif carried out a drill using the new system to measure response time of a number of civil defense stations chosen randomly. He also attended an in-field testing of the smart civil defense stations system, whereas he reviewed the different stages of work and the proper ways of receiving and handling incoming emergency calls. Sheikh Saif also inspected the civil defense vehicles and met with the committee in charge of the project, praising the work team’s diligent efforts and constructive ideas in completing the project.

Colonel Mohammed Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Executive Office of the Federal Civil Defence Sector Development Council said: “As soon as the operations room is notified of an accident, the closest civil defense station in its area of jurisdiction is dispatched electronically through the system. The system operates by sounding the alerting siren, lighting the passageways and the parking space, and opening bay doors automatically,” he said. He also indicated that all civil defence stations across the emirate were linked to the Central Operations Department of Abu Dhabi Police.

Colonel Al Nuaimi also enumerated the different smart systems that will be installed at the Smart Civil Defence Stations including performance indicators to measure emergency teams’ response time and readiness and preparedness of civil defence stations; decoders that would sound the fire alarm siren at the closest station from the main operations rooms; accidents reporting and statistics; security surveillance of stations; access control including entry and exiting screening; identifying civil defense vehicles while responding to accidents; intercom systems; building management; and provision of water and electricity.

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