Most rescue staff in RAK lack qualification

RAS AL KHAIMAH — Believe it or not, most of the people working in the field of medical rescue services here are not qualified enough and lack the required expertise for the posts, a top government official here has said.

By Sadiq A. Salam

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Published: Fri 29 Jul 2005, 12:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:45 PM

Obaid Al Biraiki, Director of the Emirates Transports (Emiratas), said: "A majority of them lack minimum qualification to carry out their duties properly. We are planning to adopt a comprehensive strategy to hone their skills and abilities to help them perform their duties effectively."

Stating that most of the rescuers working in the emirate had attended low-level training courses which were not enough to allow them assume their current posts, he said: "They need more professional training and proficiency."

The department, in conjunction with RAK Police Department (RPD), Civil Defence Department and the Northern Medical Zone (NMZ), has thrashed out a comprehensive plan to improve rescue services in the emirate. The plan includes honing the skills of those who work in this crucial field besides increasing and upgrading the existing facilities and obtaining new ones.

"The plan is being put in place in close coordination between the four departments," Al Biraiki said, adding that a joint committee had been constituted to look into the matter and to consolidate their efforts in this regard. "The joint panel has come out with a unified future strategy which has the approval of Lt.-Gen. Shaikh Talib bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director General of RPD," he said.

The strategy includes setting up of three new first-aid centres in Saqr Hospital, Shaam Hospital and in Azan area. "The three centres will offer professional services in their respective areas," he said.

The NMZ had, earlier this year, opened an updated first-aid centre in Al Jazeerah Al Hamreah area.



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