Should insurance firms pay fire fighting costs?

DUBAI — The UAE Civil Defence will study the obligation of insurance companies to pay the operational costs for fire fighting. The study will be conducted in collaboration with insurance firms.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Mon 6 Mar 2006, 9:54 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:26 PM

The issue was discussed during International Civil Defence Day function organised yesterday under the patronage of Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Interior at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Colonel Rashed Thani Al Matroushi, Director of Dubai Civil Defence and Chairman of higher organising committee for the event, said the insurance companies should pay for the operational costs including the number of persons who participate in fire fighting operations, vehicles used during the accident as well as usage of water besides taking into account the total working hours .

He said that the owners of buildings should hire maintenance companies to regularly check the efficiency of fire fighting systems in their premises.

He said that the Dubai Civil Defence is considering signing an agreement next month with Pacific company to implement smart alarm system in Dubai buildings to monitor the fire fighting equipment and detect faults in water pumps and tanks. This system will be linked to the Dubai Civil Defence operation room through SMS. The fees for installation of the system is Dh1,500 in warehouses and it could reach Dh30,000 in some residential and commercial buildings. The annual monitoring fees charged by the Civil Defence will be Dh1,200 .

Al Matroushi said that the UAE will use helicopters for fire fighting and rescue operations in high rise buildings.

The Civil Defence already has a dedicated runaway, two helicopters and has trained 3 pilots and other staff to perform the fire fighting and rescue work. The staff will attend training courses in Germany on April 3.

“We were earlier considering use of the Dubai International Airport, but we found that we needed special permission to carry out the operation,” said Al Matroushi.

Al Matroushi said that the Dubai Civil Defence is studying the appointment of six fire fighters in some factories, warehouses and residential buildings to enable them control the fire till the arrival of Civil Defence. Abdul Latif Bin Hamad , Undersecretary of Ministry of Economy, reading out a speech on behalf of Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Economy, noted that UAE has managed to develop its economy within 34 years because of its safety measures.

The Director General of the Department of the General Directorate of Civil Defence, Major-General Mohamed Salem bin Cardoos Al Amri said the theme 'Civil Defence and Economy' reflects the important role of Civil Defence in protecting UAE economy.

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