| Faza Suraj |
THE public can now experience various rescue scenarios with the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre’s (OGDC) latest addition to their educational exhibitions – the RESCUE exhibition.
The launching ceremony of the event was officiated by guest of honour, Awang Haji Idris bin Haji Ali, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs.
A tour – led by Stephanie Sekhon, OGDC’s Head of Exhibition and Education – was arranged for the guest of honour through the Scitech Australia produced exhibition, which is decorated with graphic panels and information kiosks.
The exhibition shows the usefulness of how information technology can be used in assisting in the rescuing process.
One kiosk shows a mock interactive database of car models which show the fuel lines so that user, playing the role of a fire fighter equipped with cutters and spreaders, can avoid the dangerous areas when cutting into a vehicle.
Another exhibit, which would likely to appeal children and adults alike, is the full-size helicopter simulator in which visitors can man the aircraft equipped with technology and tools such as infrared cameras used to assist in locating and reaching people especially in distant or inaccessible places.
Other exhibits include trying to escape from a smoke-filled room, testing different fire extinguishers on simulated fires, using search pattern techniques to find someone lost and a simulation of climbing a life raft while lost at sea.
“Visitors can experience what it feels like to be a rescuer or someone who needs to be rescued. They can all try it out here in OGDC without the risks of real life rescue situations,” said Stephanie Sekhon, stating that most of the rescue technologies on display are used widely in Australia.
When asked about the similarity of technology between Brunei and Australia, she said, “Australia has more situations which demand the inhibition of the displayed technologies as for instance, their wildfires can spread to miles and miles which can severely affect the community in comparison to Brunei. The intensity of situations in Brunei does not compare to Australia.”
Haji Irwandy bin Haji Lois, the Head of OGDC, in his welcoming speech shared OGDC’s plan for 2015 which includes a five-year plan of focussing on ‘building a community through science’ to support Brunei’s Vision 2035 by offering more fun and hands-on science learning and teaching experience.
The new exhibition is suitable for all ages and will be open to visitors until June 2015.