Qatar Rail & Civil Defence conduct mock fire drill

Qatar Armed Forces’ Emiri Corps of Engineers visits Qatar Rail site to examine tunnel boring machine (TBM)

Part of the joint fire safety mock drill between Civil Defence Department and Green Line.
Part of the joint fire safety mock drill between Civil Defence Department and Green Line.

Qatar Armed Forces’ Emiri Corps of Engineers visited Qatar Rail site to examine the tunnel boring machine (TBM) and to conduct joint fire safety mock drills between Civil Defense Department and Green Line contractor.

On Wednesday 1 June, 2016 at Doha Metro’s Gold Line, Al Waab Station construction site, a team of engineers from the Qatar Armed Forces’ Emiri Corps of Engineers were received by Qatar Rail as part of its efforts to improve integration and cooperation with security and government entities.

In coordination with the Interior Ministry’s Civil Defense Department and the Green Line contractor, Qatar Rail organised a fire safety mock drill on 2 June, 2016.

The engineers, along with Qatar Rail representatives and the Doha Metro Gold Line contractor, were briefed about the project as a whole.

Following a display of safety instructions, the group visited the metro tunnel connecting the Al Waab and Al Sudan stations, followed by a visit to the site of Al Sadd Station for an inspection of the tunnel boring machine (TBM).

Meanwhile, organised in cooperation with the Civil Defense Department and the Green Line contractor, the joint fire safety mock drill was held at the Doha Metro Switchbox underground site near the Green Line’s Al Massila Station.

A team from the Qatari Civil Defense Department supervised the Green Line contractor safety experts as they conducted a mock fire drill, endeavouring to dowse construction materials that the contractor will temporarily use during the construction phase.

The drill aims to train the labourers on safety procedures and prepare them for emergencies.

Engineer Hassan Ahmed al Hamed al Marwani, Qatar Rail’s executive director of Technical Interface Department, said: “Both activities had positive fruitful results.

“Since the early stages of our project, we at Qatar Rail have invested in involving all concerned state security entities in the Doha Metro Project.

“This is because their involvement in our activities significantly contributes to the emergency and evacuation planning processes during the construction and operation phases.”

The first phase of the Doha Metro project is expected to be complete in 2020. By 2030, all the three networks – Doha Metro, Lusail Tram and the long-distance rail, which will link Qatar with the GCC Rail network – are expected to be complete.

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