Dubai’s fire service, the Civil Defence has revealed plans to reduce its response time to 30 seconds in key areas of the city.
The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the project that’s part of Dubai 10X initiative at the sixth World Government Summit in February 2018.
The Director General of the Civil Defence Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, said the current response time to fires is six to eight minutes for 80 per cent of incidents reported.
He said, “Based on the risk records and dynamic development in Dubai we are fully aware of the need to enhance the response time significantly to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s in making Dubai one of the safest cities in the world.”
He added that the 30-second response project would reduce the impact of accidents, speed up evacuations and “save more lives”.
These measures represents the first step in ‘smart response’ to fires will be coordinated by UAE based technology company MGE. They use Statistical Analysis System (SAS) for data analysis and risk reduction on a predictive basis.