His Excellency Interior Minister, Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa chaired the 11th meeting of the Civil Defence Council on Wednesday. The meeting attended by HE Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, HE Minister of Works, Municipality and Urban Planning, HE Minister of Health, HE Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, HE Minister of Information Affairs, HE Minister of Oil, Chief of Public Security and Chief Executive of the Supreme Council for Environment.
In the beginning, HE Interior Minister conveyed the appreciation of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of the distinguished civil defence efforts and the professionalism in dealing with the recent fire in under construction building in the Seef District. The firefighters dealt and controlled the case despite the strong winds. He valued the preparedness and competency of the civil defence teams.
HE Minister of Oil applauded the efficiency of the civil defence in dealing with previous cases, including the fire in an oil pipeline in Buri and the fire in the refinery. He said that the losses could have been more without the great performance of the civil defence teams.
After that, the meeting reviewed topics on the agenda, in which the Chief briefed the attendees of the readiness of Bahrain to deal with top emergency cases and the role of the National Disaster Management Committee in re-evaluating the preparedness of Bahrain of the new regional risks in cooperation with the UK-based Emergency Planning College. HE Interior Minister asserted the importance to conduct a comprehensive study in this regard and set the requirements as part of efforts to protect general safety of the public.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning called to associate the General Directorate of Civil Defence in the licencing applications for industrial workshops, garages and gas filling shops to enforce related safety rules and enhance the safety of those sites. It further highlighted that associating the civil defence and the Supreme Council for Environment would ensure easy access to them in case of fire cases. HE Interior Minister directed the Chief to determine related security requirements.
The meeting was also briefed by the Ministry of Oil about the latest development of the Bahrain natural gas importation station project, as part of the energy security strategy. The project is expected to be ready in the first quarter of next year, while 87% of it is complete. The project includes three parts, and it is a sea utility to import gas, a treatment station, and gas pipelines to the industrial areas and other establishments. HE Interior Minister directed the implementation of the best safety conditions in operating the project, while HE Minister of Oil stressed the importance of coordination with the Interior Minister through joint committees.
Chief Executive of the Supreme Council for Environment briefed the participants about the network of radiation detection stations in Bahrain, highlighting that the council has cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency to fix an early radiation detection system that includes five stations that work by solar energy. This high-tech system is linked with the Supreme Council for Environment through the government database and the National Disaster Management Committee in case of emergencies. The brief revealed that the detected radiations showed a general reduction, while HE Interior Minister asserted the importance to expand the detection network by increasing the number of stations and determining the normal radiation percentage for each area.
HE Minister of Health highlighted that the World Health Organisation had been requested to conduct a survey on the relations between the communication masts and the general safety and the formation of a work team to coordinate with concerned authorities to carry the project.
HE Interior Minister concluded the meeting by expressing thanks and appreciation to the council members for their dedication to enhancing security and safety levels for the public.