14 May 2009IntroductionFire management and rescue system in any country is the most important thing to be done. Therefore, the importance of property, life that can be destroyed by fire is highly dependent on the rescue missions by the fire stations department. Therefore in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi’s’ fire stations are not an exception. Due to high incidences of fire in Abu Dhabi, the fire station is committed to delivering good and prompt services to the people of Abu Dhabi and its environs. The mission of fire stations in Abu Dhabi “establishes a means of confronting disaster and limitation of its results which includes systematic activities for prevention, planning, education, preparedness, response and handling of its consequences regardless the measure is taken before, during and after the said disaster. ” This paper critically reviews and identifies the means by which Abu Dhabi Fire Service plans ahead to manage its resources. There are various ways through which Abu Dhabi Fire Service plans ahead to manage its resources. It has a number of managers whose mandate is to provide logistical and operational support that includes training other human resource, fire protection, contingency planning and also operational risk management.
The department has a large number of staff whose main function is property maintenance support, occupational health and safety, general provision of human resource. In addition, they provide administrative support, manage the fleet, and also they facilitate information technology. The command and control suite handles a lot of emergency calls and all services frequently making its communication system efficient and effective. In Abu Dhabi, the Chief Fire and Rescue officer manages the fire and rescue service on behalf of the combined Fire Authority whose is supported by other junior staff to ensure that the department develops new strategies and has developed corporate resources (Mariam, 2008).
It is therefore the full duty of the Board of Director to develop policies that are efficient to combat rescue services in the city. These policies are formulated through a diverse number of factors including the technological, political, sociological, economical legal and also the environmental factors in the fire rescue services authority. These policies ensure that services are delivered accordingly and also that the strategies of the department during an incident of fire are fully communicated to the workforce.
This program of communication can be enhanced through appraisal programmes, value performance plan and strategic planning (Ashly, Rob, and Tom, 2007). There have been high incidences of fire in Abu Dhabi by terrorism acts, wild fires, residential and industrial fires to mention just but a few. This increased fire incidences has made the civil defense to develop strategies that responds in time to fire outbreaks anywhere, offer tactful rescue operations and also they use modern fire fighting skills in offering protection services to people and property in Abu Dhabi. The Integrated Risk Management Planning (IRMP)The Abu Dhabi fire rescue department is aimed at reforming programmes that require all the fire authority to maintain an Integrated Risk Management Plan.
These plans include those that are for change and are designed in a futuristic approach of making Abu Dhabi Safer (Randy et al. 2004). These plans include prevention, intervention, resilience and protection against incidences of fire. The civil defense in Abu Dhabi apply the principles of the IRMPO act by the White paper’s 2003 legislative measures that emphasized the functions of the fire rescue services that it has to prevent fire incidences rather than just responding to them.
This form of prevention ensures that safety standards are upheld in every place. It was in 2004 that the fire rescue service act legislated for this act in approach shift in the department in its responsibility and activities. This means that legislation meant that the duty of the fire rescue services extends to other non-fires risks for instance civil emergencies and transport incidences.