GUARDS in public parks and gardens should be trained in first aid and CPR, said a top municipal official.
In order to increase public safety, especially that of children, guards should be trained to handle emergency situations, Capital Trustees Board chairman Mohammed Al Khozaie told the GDN.
He said that the decision to push this issue forward was highlighted following the tragic death of a Bahraini man due to a heart attack earlier this month in a public park.
“Park security should be trained in first aid, CPR and general safety in case of emergencies,” he said on the sidelines of the board’s weekly meeting.
“Earlier this month, a Bahraini man died of a heart attack on the Malkiya coast.
“That wasn’t in the Capital Governorate, but we were told that the security guard was standing there and didn’t know what to do.
“We want to be able to have them know how to deal with these kinds of situations.”
The GDN reported earlier this month that Mohammed Mahdi, in his 40s, was walking along the coast in Malkiya along with his young daughter when he collapsed.
He had a heart attack and died in front of the girl, said sources.
“Secondly, we also just want to step up the safety for children,” said Mr Al Khozaie.
“Sometimes when they’re playing there are certain dangers, so we want to run a full campaign on public safety.”
The board also approved a proposal to stop charging municipal fees from Bahrainis living in rented apartments.
“At the moment, Bahrainis who don’t own property have to pay municipal fees and don’t receive garbage bags,” he said.
“We want to be able to make the situation easier for people.
“We want Bahrainis who are living in rented premises to be exempted from paying the municipal fees, and be allowed to collect garbage bags.”
The board also called for stricter measures against violators who place advertising stickers on traffic signs.
“What we have at the moment is people sticking advertisements on traffic signs,” he said.
“We want to ensure that the follow-up to these issues is stricter, especially concerning traffic signs.
“Violators should be referred to the Interior Ministry, not just have the signs cleaned up by the municipalities and allow the offence to be repeated.”