MUSCAT: Alizz islamic bank demonstrated a well-orchestrated fire drill in partnership with the Royal Oman Police (ROP), Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA) and the Safety and Security Services.

Fire drills were monitored by the bank’s Health and Safety function of the Administration Division, led by Eng Yusouf al Balushi, to evaluate egress and behavioural patterns. Reports were prepared by allocated staff wardens and recommendations are followed through to correct any identified deficiencies.

COO, Saif al Yarabi said, “We were encouraged by the support from ROP, PACDA and Safety and Security Service’s to conduct a safety exercise as it is important to ensure staff at all levels are well-informed and able to support others during emergency. The ROP and PACD proved that they are extremely efficient and demonstrated first class response. We would like to commend their efficiency and thank them for their guidance and support during this exercise. ”

Fire drills are conducted twice a year at the head office and supervised by the HSE supervisor of the bank, Nasser bin Sultan al Shaqsy.

The purpose of fire drills is to prepare staff for an organized evacuation in case of fire or other emergency. At alizz islamic bank, fire drills are used as a way to educate and train staff on fire safety issues specific to their building. During the drill, staff practice drill procedures, familiarize themselves with the location of exits, the sound of the fire alarm and the assembly point located in the parking lot directly across from Alizz Tower.

In addition, fire drills allow the bank an opportunity to test the operation of fire alarm system components.

The ROP, PACDA and the Safety and Security Service also conducted mock scenario of injured staff, as well as managed traffic on the roads leading to and away from Alizz Tower. The mock scenario showcased an alizz islamic bank staff locked in the building of which the ROP and Civil PACD acted efficiently and swiftly.

The bank has appointed and trained 12 staff wardens from each floor as fire leaders to ensure that the fire safety evacuation procedure is carried out promptly.

SOURCE: Muscat Daily