Thursday 19 July 2012
The drector general of Civil Defense on Wednesday said this year’s general emergency response plan in Makkah and Madinah will be successful.
With more than 10,000 men and 2,000 vehicles including nine helicopters, the forces are prepared for dealing with any emergency, Lt. Gen. Sa’ad bin Abdullah Al-Tuwaijri said.
Al-Tuwaijri was inspecting Civil Defense forces as they implemented the emergency response plan in Makkah.
He watched a demonstration involving a number of the new vehicles that will take part in the Umrah season for the first time, including a multipurpose unit that can be used for fire extinguishing, rescue and providing first aid.
There were others that dealt with accidents involving chemical or radiation leakage.
Al-Tuwaijri inspected field specialist teams and their vehicles.
The plan was approved by Minister of Interior Prince Ahmad and involves 18 government bodies.
It is largely developed in terms of deploying and stationing field units to reduce response times, said Al-Tuwaijri.
More than 2,000 paramedics were deployed to provide first aid to the sick and elderly inside and outside the Grand Mosque. New teams and temporary centers were created to cover all routes to Makkah and support forces there.
Al-Tuwaijri underlined the plan’s preventive measures including inspecting safety equipment and measures at more than 6,000 pilgrim accommodation buildings in Makkah and handle any violation that could pose a threat to safety or obstruct Civil Defense staff in case of emergencies.
The department also increased its awareness programs for pilgrims to help them avoid hazards through the use of signboards, leaflets and text messages among others.