Emrill employee wins Unsung Hero of the Year award
Jothieswaran, technician, won the accolade in recognition for his efforts during the Torch Tower fire incident
“Actions above and beyond the call of duty” won Emrill’s Jothieswaran the accolade of Unsung Hero of the Year at the 2015 fmME Awards.
His prompt and decisive action when the alarm was raised in Dubai Marina’s Torch Tower during February’s fire helped emergency crews to successfully tackle the blaze.
Jothieswaran first received a call from the concierge regarding the fire and rushed to the 51st floor but could not get a response from the apartment.
“When the alarm sounded I went investigate,” said the 24-year-old technician. “And when I saw the flames, I wanted to tackle them – using the equipment in the building. I ensured that the electricity to the apartment where the fire broke out was switched off for safety reasons.”
When the first responders from Dubai Civil Defence arrived at the scene, Jothieswaran’s knowledge of the building played a key part in the successful emergency relief operation.
“I was able to guide them through, help their efforts and initiate a full evacuation of the building,” he said. “During the evacuation everyone did what they had to do and it all worked out.”
Investigations into the cause of the fire continue but Dubai’s police chief, General Khamis Mattar, said it appeared to be the result of an accident and did not suspect it was caused by any deliberate criminal act. Due to the quick action from Emrill and Civil Defence, there were fortunately no casualties, however seven people were treated for smoke inhalation.
A witness said flames shot out from two sides of the building as glass and metal rained down from near the summit of the structure, which stands more than 330 metres tall. Residents said the fire had been fanned by high winds, dislodging chunks of metal and glass onto the area below, including a nearby road more than 100 metres away.