Officials from United Development Company and Civil Defence Department during the ceremony.
DOHA: The Pearl-Qatar, United Development Company’s (UDC) flagship island development, broke ground for its first fire station on Wednesday.
The event was attended by Civil Defence officials, UDC chief executive officer and a group of UDC senior executives.
The station will service the island and its current residential and commercial occupancies, presently served by a station temporarily set. Its service area will cover all precincts of The Pearl-Qatar.
Construction of the fire station started in December 2012 and is expected to be completed in January 2014, with a projected cost of QR25m.
“This is an extremely important development for the community at The Pearl-Qatar,” Ebrahim Al Sulaiti, Chief Executive Officer of the company, said. “Along with reducing the demands on the stations now serving the areas closer to the island, adding an additional fire station would reduce response time and therefore bolster security measures and safety at The Pearl.”
While current response times for areas in the West Bay District and its vicinity range from five to 10 minutes. The new station will reduce the time to less than three minutes, meeting the highest of international time standards.
The 2,000sqm station will feature three apparatus bays, 4-5 fire engines, four ambulances,central command room, multi-purpose room for seminars and staff training.