DUBAI, A total of 1,142 firefighters from 18 civil defence centres in Dubai are gaining more capabilities through a special two-month training programme on how to evacuate and rescue disabled people from fire and other emergencies.

The training is part of the wider initiative called "My Community - A City for Everyone," launched in November 2013 by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, to transform Dubai into one of the world's most disabled-friendly cities by 2020, said Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director-General of Dubai Civil Defence.

The training is conducted by Dubai Civil Defence, a key partner in human resource development taking place in the wider UAE, he noted.

The first phase of the training programme seeks to equip trainee firefighters with problem-solving techniques and skills of effective communication with people with all types of disability so as to ensure their safety in emergencies.

People with disability are a precious part of the community and we need to know the best way to communicate with them in normal situations as well as in emergencies that can be life-threatening, Al Matroushi stressed.

Source: Emirates News Agency