(MENAFN - Gulf Times)
Within the framework of its emergency response plan and as a reinforcement of its safety and security standards, QIIB has conducted an emergency evacuation drill at its main branch on Grand Hamad Street, enacting a virtual fire scenario in the presence of the Civil Defence and Emergency Medical Service personnel.
The drill simulated all procedures that should be followed during fires, including the activation of fire alarms for the evacuation of employees working in the building as per QIIB-approved safety and security protocols.
QIIB's emergency response team implemented the security and safety procedures, including the instructions that they were trained to perform.
They supervised the evacuation operations inside the building by guiding employees to the emergency exit, making sure they used the allocated routes, stopping elevators, and directing employees to predetermined assembly points for emergencies, as well as ensuring the evacuation of all personnel from their offices and departments after sounding the fire alarms.
Ibrahim al-Tamimi, QIIB head (Administrative Services), said: 'It was a useful drill and an essential security and safety procedure that we are keen to carry out periodically to ensure our readiness for emergencies in case of occurrence.
'This drill proves that our staff members are very well aware of the dangers, as they showed a quick and organised response. It also reflects the active and effective cooperation among the bank's staff at all levels, whether among the security and safety team or employees themselves and the various departments and sections concerned.
'Such emergency drills are an important part of our risk management process. We are happy to say that all drills conducted in terms of risk management prove our advancement and keenness to achieve more in this field.
'In addition to the training and information we provide and the various drills that we conduct in all QIIB buildings, we are keen to provide all security and safety equipment to prepare for and prevent any dangers or sudden events. The bank's buildings are equipped with fire alarms, emergency exits, fire extinguishers, and signage in all the corridors to indicate the closest exits of the building, in line with the best international standards.
Al-Tamimi also thanked the members of the Civil Defence and Emergency Medical Service personnel who participated in the drill. He also thanked QIIB security and safety team and all employees who were present at the bank and carried out the evacuation procedures. This, al-Tamimi said, confirms the bank's readiness to deal with potential emergencies.