Expertise of National Ambulance on display during major national response exercise

Fujairah, 5 May 2015

أثناء استجابة طواقم الإسعاف الوطني لإسعاف أحد المصابين سيارات الإسعاف الوطني أثناء استجابتها للحادث

Comprehensive plan involved 100 clinical staff and 20 ambulances

Fujairah, 5 May 2015: H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah praised the outstanding performance demonstrated by National Ambulance during its participation in the recent Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) carried out in the Fujairah Oil Industry Zone as part of the national response plan. The team from National Ambulance joined forces with other emergency services as part of an exercise designed to raise preparedness and enhance joint response capabilities. One hundred of National Ambulance’s highly qualified and trained staff were deployed with their range of skills contributing greatly to a very successful outcome.

The National Response Exercise 1 was organised and staged by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), in coordination with the Ministry of Interior and the participation and involvement of many other stakeholders.

Commenting on National Ambulance’s participation in the MCI, Ahmed Saleh Al Hajeri, Deputy CEO of National Ambulance said: “National Ambulance is proud to have participated in this vital exercise, which we consider as a national duty and reflects the cohesive bond between institutions across the UAE in making such exercises a success. This also reflects our ongoing commitment to provide the community with the best pre-hospital care and improve patients’ outcomes.”

The exercise was built on a mock scenario of a fire that broke out in oil tankers which resulted in scores of deaths and injuries. National Ambulance took a full and active role in responding to the simulated emergency exercise by providing patients and those injured with the best pre-hospital care needed and transporting them to hospitals. As part of its comprehensive response, National Ambulance deployed  20 advanced ambulances and 2 logistic cars manned by 100 of its highly qualified clinical staff in addition to its strategic multi-purpose asset; an ambulance bus which received 17 injured people. The resources used during the exercise were additional and not taken away from the normal service provision, which was maintained for the community.

Al Hajeri added: “Today's exercise is an integral part of the work government, semi-government and private institutions do in partnership to support and protect the community; providing security and safety during emergency situations and times of crisis. It is essential for all parties involved to be prepared and ready for such incidents, ensure we work and coordinate closely with partners to immediately implement national plans and respond in the most efficient manner possible.”

The exercise focused on upgrading the capabilities of units and concerned sectors to handle industrial disasters through joint coordination. The objective of the exercise was to maximise a unified preparedness and enhance response capabilities, resilience and readiness of concerned sectors for a swift response to projected scenarios and the immediate implementation of national plans during times of crisis and emergency situations.

Attended by a number of departments working under the direction of the Ministry of Interior agencies participating included The Directorate General of Central Operation, Fujairah Police, Civil Defense,Armed Forces and Police Air wing alongside other stakeholders including Ministry of Health, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment and Water, Civil Aviation, National Search and Rescue Centre as well as a number of local departments and oil companies in the Emirate of Fujairah.