| Rokiah Mahmud |
JERUDONG Park Medical Centre (JPMC) management and staff conducted the first Mass Fire Evacuation Drill (MFED) recently.
JPMC staff members learnt about fire safety and the standard procedures for evacuation.
The Fire and Rescue Department oversaw the MFED, organised by the JPMC Fire Safety committee and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) team.
Over 150 staff participated in various emergency situations and scenarios, with each department appointed a fire evacuation marshal.
The exercise reflects the success of the drill by the participating staff members.
Medical Director of JPMC Dr Meera Sahib Kabeer said, “We want the hospital staff to understand the importance of fire safety by conducting fire safety drills at regular intervals to ensure staff of JPMC are familiar with fire evacuation and safety standards, as we condition our staff to be aware of any emergency situation to mitigate possible fatalities or injuries. It is strongly encouraged to stay calm during an evacuation to prevent mishaps. One should also disregard any belonging that is out of reach, as returning to collect your belonging might bring unpredictable repercussions. In the event of a fire breakout, a pre-discussed and agreed contingency plan must be activated immediately to ensure no casualty or injury take place.
JPMC Fire Safety Officer Haji Saiful bin Hassan said, “It is very important for the staff and patients to be counted and checked to inform the emergency teams so that no time is lost during the recovery phase. It is essential to know whether there are any missing staff members or patients during the fire drill, and to leave the affected area in a safe and timely manner. It is best we know our roles during a fire to reduce panic while waiting for emergency services to arrive.”
Fire drills are one of the most important safety procedures for hospital staff to be aware of, as it will reduce panic and injuries in the event of an actual fire.