Hotel staffs take part in fire drill

24 Feb 2011, News Straits Times
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Firemen using a skylift to evacuate victims.


The 'injured' being attended to by rescue personnel.

GEORGE TOWN: More than 140 staff of Berjaya Hotel Penang took part in a fire drill with members of the fire brigade, police and emergency rescue services recently.

The scenarios involved the rescue of several "guests" trapped on the eighth floor of the building while another fire at the kitchen department had resulted in several casualties.

The fire brigade sent three vehicles to fight the fire and a skylift was used to rescue victims stranded on the higher floors. Medical personnel rushed to save the injured staff from the kitchen and provided first-aid treatment before sending them by ambulance for further treatment.

A roll call was conducted to account for all members of the staff to ensure that nobody was missing or trapped.

Bagan Jermal Fire Deparment chief Roslan Bin Hasnan said such drills were necessary as they helped prepare employees to be aware of their roles during an emergency or disaster.

"Quick evacuation and the accountability of every staff member is vital when a fire breaks out," said Roslan.

Also present was hotel manager C. Ganes who said the rescue exercise was an eye-opener for many first-timers.

"We will conduct more rescue exercises to ensure the safety of guests and staff," he added. - By V. Sivaji

Courtesy from NST Online