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The Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah (centre), cutting a ribbon along with the Minister of State for Interior Affairs H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani (right), and the Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning H E Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Khalifa Al Thani, to open the new Civil Defence building at Wadi Al Sail yesterday. Abdul Basit
DOHA: The famous headquarters of the Civil Defence Department in Wadi Al Sail have moved to a new state-of-the-art five-storey facility, next to the Al Ahli Hospital.
The Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah opened the QR285m facility yesterday in the presence of the Minister of State for Interior Affairs H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning H E Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Khalifa Al Thani and other senior officials of the MoI.
After the inauguration ceremony, the guests were taken for a tour at different departments and the facilities of the new headquarters, which comprises four main departments of the Civil Defence such as Fire Prevention Department, Operations Department, Logistics Department and Administrative Department.
The guests also toured the vehicles, equipment and devices used by the Civil Defence for rescue operations and fire fighting. The Civil Defence team made a demonstration on rescuing a person from a destroyed vehicle and another person from the top of a building with the help of 55 metre escalator.
The five-storey complex, with two underground parking areas for 200 cars, houses the main building of the Civil Defence, a club, Wadi Al Sail fire station and a mosque. The club comprises a play hall, library, auditorium for 256 persons and a swimming pool, rest area, administrative offices and billiard facility, while the Wadi Al Sail fire station has an operation room, training centre, accommodation for 30 staff and the biggest fire station in the country. ‘Today, I am very much proud of what I have witnessed from the developments accomplished by the Civil Defence of Qatar. During our tour, we have witnessed the latest equipment and tools that match international standards. They are not only meant for fire prevention, but also for dealing with different types of calamities and problems such as biological or industrial radiation,” Al Attiyah told the media after the inauguration ceremony.