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Wed 25 Feb 2009 04:17 PM

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Civil Defence authorities hold LPG tanker disaster training

Simulation exercise held in conjunction with Emirates Gas.

Civil Defence authorities across the UAE have convened in Dubai for a training workshop on emergency response tactics.

The workshop, organised by Dubai gas company Emirates Gas, was held in order to brief the authorities on the best tactics to use in the event of a serious accident involving a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) truck.

The training included two days of classroom based theory training, and a live-action exercise held at the Dubai Civil Defence training facility in Al Aweer.

"We are the biggest in this region with 32 LPG trucks, and we supply gas to the whole UAE," said Hesham Ali Mustafa, general manager, Emirates Gas. "Today gas has become very popular in Dubai. The volumes of gas are quite big because Dubai is a big city. If you have a gas fire caused by the turnover of a truck, it's difficult to fight this fire."

The training session was an opportunity for civil defence departments to work with Emirates Gas' latest acquisition, the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV). The ERV can be used to help stabilise a potentially explosive situation and remove the gas from a damaged tanker into a safe location. Mustafa said that the training sessions was the first to be held outdoors following the acquisition of the ERV, and that Emirates Gas hoped to acquire a further two vehicles to enhance safety across the UAE.

"We have raised a good amount of awareness today [with the authorities] about their roles, how fast they should be doing that and not only that, if they don't act in time, what the consequences would be," explained Ravindran Muthu, EHSQ manager, Emirates Gas.

Mustafa also indicated that further training sessions featuring roads and blocked cards were planned for later in the year to increase the realism of the simulation exercise. "We have had high level attendance from civil defence and now we are much safer than we were yesterday," he added.

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