fmME Awards 2017: Unsung Hero awarded for fire safety

Meet the winner of fmME Awards 2017's Unsung Hero of the Year category

Muhammad Waqas from BK Gulf was crowned Unsung Hero of the Year.
Muhammad Waqas from BK Gulf was crowned Unsung Hero of the Year.

Muhammad Waqas from BK Gulf was crowned Unsung Hero of the Year at the fmME Awards 2017.

From the security guard who patrols a facility, to the cleaner who ensures it remains spotless, this category seeks to honour the efforts of the people who are, in the end, responsible for maintaining the high standards of service that we have come to expect in this industry.

The story behind Waqas’s win was considered "a truly remarkable case of heroism", and the jury appreciated his "bravery and commitment to his job as a security professional".

When a fire started at Waqas’s property in July 2016, he alerted all the occupants and managed the safe evacuation, in a calm manner, of shops and 16 apartments including families with young children and disabled people.

Waqas was the last to leave the building after directing all residents to the master assembly area.

Commendably, no one was hurt and Dubai Civil Defence was notified in time.

Meanwhile, the jury also appreciated the honesty displayed by Sintha Murugan and Faisal Shahzad from Transguard Group, this category’s highly commended nominees.

One judge said these employees “have demonstrated the highest ethical standards and are true ambassadors of their company”.

Other shortlisted nominations under the category included Judy D'Mello from Emrill Services, The Lifeguard team from Khidmah, Raju Shivvayapalli from Farnek Services, Salil Ghengalil from Khansaheb Group FM, Sanil from, and Stacey Macasa from Macro International.

More than 100 nominations were received for the fmME Awards 2017, marking the event’s 10th anniversary.

Winners under 15 categories were rewarded during a gala ceremony hosted at Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah hotel in Dubai on Tuesday, 16 May, 2017.

The event was supported by Platinum Sponsor, MJB Group; Gold Sponsor, Khidmah; Silver Sponsors, Al Shirawi FM, Cofely Besix Facility Management, Farnek Services, and Macro; Category Sponsors, Adeeb Group, Bee'ah Tandeef,, Emrill, Grako, Imdaad, and Interserve; and Association Partner, Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA).

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