Staff supportive at mock drill despite downpour

Quick response: ERT team carrying an “injured” worker to the ambulance during a mock fire and evacuation drill at Menara Zenith, Kuantan.

KUANTAN: A mock fire and evacuation drill at Menara Zenith here took off as planned despite heavy rain.

However, the exercise was cut short by doing away with the “rescue mission” on the 23rd storey high landmark building.

The drill started with the sounding of the siren before all the staff, numbering about 300, rushed down to the basement when a “fire” broke out.

The in-house emergency response team (ERT) then did a headcount as the staff gathered at the entrance awaiting the arrival of rescue personnel.

Minutes later, an “injured” worker was stretchered out to a waiting ambulance and rushed to the hospital.

Two others “seriously injured” workers were also brought down and given first aid by medical personnel.

After two hours, the drill ended with applause and cheers from the supportive staff.

Jasa Imani Sdn Bhd director Datuk Zuber Shamsuri said the drill was the first to be conducted at the highrise building to test its preparedness.

He said about 25 in-house ERT personnel were involved which was planned more than one month ago.

“We also thanked all agencies involved such as Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Department and medical personnel.

“This drill is important and will be carried out yearly as part of our safety precautionary measures,” he said.

Later, mementos were given out to the state agencies involved, including StarMetro, as a mark of appreciation and support towards creating public awareness and highlighting safety of workers.

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