Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in collaboration with the General HQ of Dubai Police, conducted a mock drill simulating a collision between a Dubai Ferry vessel and a boat.
The mock drill, that started at Dubai Water Canal station in Jumeirah and continued to Rashid Port, also simulated a fire onboard the ferry vessel as a result of the collision.
Several government and semi-government entities were engaged in the mock crash and emergency response test, including the Armed Forces, General HQ of Dubai Police, General Directorate of Civil Defence, Dubai Ambulance Services Corporation, DP World, Rashid Port, Dubai Maritime City Authority and other relevant service providers.
“The drill simulated a collision between Dubai Ferry with 50 people on board, sparking flames in the rear of the Ferry. It required a quick response for rescuing the passengers,” said Ahmed Bahrozyan, Head of Emergency and Crisis Management Team, RTA.
“We achieved our objectives in testing the speed of the response of the Emergency and Crisis Management Team and verifying the extent of coordination between all parties involved in the response process,” he added.
“These drills are conducted under an annual plan to raise the preparedness of the Emergency & Crises Management Team of the RTA as well as its counterparts in other government bodies in Dubai.
“It reveals to what extent these teams are ready to intervene and contain such accidents. We are therefore keen to carry out such drills periodically with government and semi-government entities in the emirate,” added Bahrozyan.