| Izah Azahari |
THE Orchid Garden Hotel (OGH) conducted its annual fire drill yesterday afternoon depicting a scenario in which a “fire” broke out at its 1st Floor kitchen and followed with a “huge explosion”.
Led by the Hotel Director of Operations, Mohd Iswandi Maaruf, in his capacity as the Hotel Building Emergency Controller, the OGH Building Emergency Control Team took charge of the emergency situation and coordinated their team to evacuate the guests, tenants and hotel staff to the assembly point located 100 metres away from the building.
After receiving an emergency call around 2.30pm, the Fire and Rescue Department personnel arrived at the scene within seven minutes followed by the ambulance unit and the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).
Ten staff members were “injured and unconscious” while two others were “still missing”.
The OGH Building Emergency Control Team managed to rescue all the hotel staff before the arrival of the Fire and Rescue Services.
Meanwhile, with the assistance of 25 OGH Building Emergency Control committee members, all staff, personnel and in-house guests were safely evacuated from the building and directed to the assembly point 100 metres away.
“These drills not only provide our first responders with the training they need, they also reassure the public that our Royal Brunei Police Force, Fire and Rescue Department and other agencies are prepared to handle emergency situations should they arise, and that’s important,” said the General Manager of OGH, Shamsul Bahrin bin Pehin Dato Dr Hj Ahmad.
Such fire drills have been conducted on an annual basis by the hotel since 2003.
The OGH Team thanked the Fire and Rescue Services, the RBPF, RIPAS Emergency Unit (Ambulance), all hotel guests, hotel staff and management for participating in the event.