UAE emergency responders in training

Nov. 20, 2007 at 5:38 PM

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, police have undertaken an initiative to meet international standards on emergency rescue operations.

Brig. Khalid A. Al Dossary, director of the emergency and public safety department at Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters, says the department's rescue and ambulance units are conducting air, sea and land operations simulating emergency situations, the Gulf News reported.

Al Dossary says with the increased difficulty of rescue operations and with the rapid pace of development there is an increased need for latest training and technologies to better protect the security of the UAE.

"We have been acquiring skills to enable our teams to conduct swift rescue operations for public safety either in the sea, air, or over the land," Al Dossary said in a statement.

With support coming from the UAE Ministry of Interior and Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, officials say that getting the Abu Dhabi emergency operations in line with international standards is a priority.

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