Kuwait University inaugurates advanced fire station

Kuwait University inaugurates advanced fire station

Kuwait University has inaugurated the Al-Shedadiya firefighting station at Sabah Al-Salem Campus city.

Unlike other stations, the one inaugurated at the university utilises the latest mechanisms, laboratories, monitoring and control of leaks, in addition to security and safety devices, ensuring people of the University and of the city, have the highest quality of fire safety available to them.

In a statement issued at the inauguration ceremony, Deputy Chairman of Kuwait University Dr Fahad Al-Rashidi stressed the importance of having a firefighting station in the campus city that includes more than 43,000 students and 3,000 teaching staff, and is located on an area of six million square meters.

Although the University has its own prevention department with the highest standards used in buildings and facilities, emergencies and accidents are still possible. This confirms the need for the presence of a more generalised fire force on campus to respond to a wider range of emergency events at the fastest possible pace.

Chief of the Fire Brigade Lieutenant-General Khalal Al-Mekrad said the centre is specialised in dealing with hazardous, gaseous and radioactive materials, giving it the capacity to handle any emergency either within the University grounds, or beyond.

“It is one of the leading specialised centres in the State of Kuwait and the region,” noted Al-Mekrad.

A recent oil spill in Kuwait has underlined the need for more fire stations that can handle hazardous chemicals.