(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The second annual fire safety forum Fire Safe Oman 2013' began at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, on Tuesday.
The forum aims to share critical knowledge and discuss some of the best fire safety practices worldwide.
It also gives participants the opportunity to hear first-hand experience from industry leaders. In his opening remarks, Victor Esch, senior advisor at Ministry of Defence - Disaster Response Directorate in Afghanistan, said, ''Everybody in this room will go home and share some experience.''
Ashraf Sameh, QHSE manager, Renaissance Services Contract Services Group (RS-CSG), said, ''Statistics released by ROP's Directorate General of Civil Defence show that 328 fires were reported in Muscat governorate only during the first six months of 2012.''
He said that sufficient number of staff should be trained to use fire extinguishers so that this equipment is handled properly.
Speaking on Identification and Bridging of Current Gap in Emergency Response Practices in Oil and Arena', John R Coates, emergency response SME at British Petroleum, said, ''Recent events show us that the petrochemical industry has major gaps in its emergency response system. The time has come for the industry to look closer at its emergency response system and make preparations to mitigate potential risks.''
Coates said that identifying the problem requires establishing a response philosophy, risk assessments, peer reviews, gap assessments, loss and comparative analysis. ''Emergency response planning must consider potential scenarios that could affect infrastructure, environment, population, facilities and businesses.''
The forum will have case studies, panel discussions, workshops and live demonstrations.
The two-day event is being organised by UAE-based Fleming Gulf, in collaboration with Al Nimr Expo as the local p