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14 March 2018

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) took part in the Firefighter’s Challenge, organised by the Ministry of Interior as part of the World Civil Defence Day celebrations. Firefighters from Government and private institutions took part in the challenge, at the Water Garden in Manama.

The day is being observed under the patronage of the Minister of Interior, H.E. Lt. Gen. Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.

A team of employees of GPIC’s Safety, Security, Health and Environment, showed great skills and excellence during the competition.

Company President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery praised the close relationship with the General Directorate of Civil Defence and said GPIC has already supported and taken part in many activities and programmes it had implemented to raise awareness about the importance of complying with safety standards and in dealing with all circumstances and emergency events in accordance with the rules.

Dr. Jawahery spoke of the great sacrifices of Civil Defence personnel to contain incidents and fight fires. He described them as professionals with the highest levels of commitment, readiness and courage. He said their tasks and responsibilities are very challenging since they do not have a specific timing or place.

Dr. Jawahery said the competition reflects a small part of the efforts of Civil Defence personnel to ensure safety and save lives and property. He thanked the Director General of the Civil Defence for inviting the company to take part.

This year, the day is being observed on the theme, "Educational Institutions and Culture of Safety".

Dr. Jawahery thanked the officials for their keenness to strengthen cooperation with GPIC and wished all personnel success and safety. He affirmed the appreciation of the Bahraini society for the noble message of the General Directorate of Civil Defence for individuals and enterprises.

Teams from the National Guard, the Royal Air Force and a number of major companies took part in the challenge. The competition was attended by the public and a number of senior officers of the Ministry of Interior and representatives of the participating parties. It included six stages and three categories of contestants.

The Firefighters' Challenge would contribute to raising the spirit of honest competition among Civil Defence personnel and aims to instil in them a spirit of challenge and patience.

Representatives of Civil Defence partners from industrial companies and other stakeholders were honoured on the occasion along with officers and personnel who provided services in the fields of rescue and firefighting.