The events of the 5th Annual Fire Safety Technology Forum, organized by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and represented by the General Directorate of Civil Defense, will commence on Monday at the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. The forum will be held on the occasion of the celebrations for the World Civil Defence Day, which marks the first of March every year.

Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Civil Defence Acting General Commander-in-Chief, noted that the strategy of the Directorate General of Civil Defense in the UAE focuses on the use of advanced technology in the provision of smart Civil Defense services in the field of awareness, prevention and protection. He noted that the Fire Safety Technology Forum this year will tackle issues pertaining to ‘Civil Protection and Disaster Reduction within Sustainable Development’, the theme of the World Civil Defence Day celebrations.

He also noted that the forum will witness the participation of an elite group of experts and a number of field leaders from developed countries specialized in the strategies and applications of technological handling of crises and disasters will take part in the forum to present their visions, experiences, applications, and analysis on the risks of fires and their resulting life and property losses.

It will also be attended by heads of Civil Defense departments in the country, a large number of civil defense officers across all emirates of the country, and representatives from manufacturing, installation, and maintenance companies specialized in civil defense equipment.

He also indicated that the forum will discuss various topics including the risks and methods of ensuring readiness in emergency situations; the role of first responders and the participating entities in responding to major incidents; the analysis of chemical accidents that have recently occurred in the USA, the Netherlands, Britain, and Venezuela; emergency planning in populated areas; and maritime safety and incidents involving ships.

Furthermore, Major General Expert Al Matroushi praised the cooperation of government and partners of the private entities for the efforts in ensuring the success of the forum. He also thanked the sponsors and representatives of Bangkok Bristol, Al Falak, and NAFFCO companies for their contributions in achieving the strategic objectives related to public safety, of which the Ministry of Interior and Civil Defense Directorate General have been keen to provide to all individuals and the community.

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