The Executive Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Assets Sector at Al Ain Municipality, Abdullah Hamdan Al Amri, praised the Emergency and Crisis Management System in place at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai and expressed his delight in dealing with the RTA and benefiting from its pioneer Crises Management expertise through implementing the best practices at Al Ain Municipality.
A statement to this effect was made during a visit by a delegation of Al Ain Municipality to the RTA to familiarize with the experience of RTA’s Emergency and Crises Management Team tasked with the handling of crises and disasters, adapting the RTA to various changes and reviewing their impact on all aspects in compliance with the globally applicable standards in this respect. The delegation was received by Hussain Mohammed Al Banna, Director of Traffic and Deputy Head of Emergency and Crisis Management Team; Adil Al Marzooqi, Director of Parking; Ahmed Al Kaabi, Director of Finance; and team members. On the other hand, Al Ain Municipality delegation comprised Suhail Thani Al Muhairi, Director of Infrastructure & Services Coordination; Salim Khalfan Al Kaabi, Director of Public Health; Rashid Musabbah Al Maniee, Director of Municipal Roads and Infrastructure; and Abdullah Sultan Al Dariee, Head of Coordination with the Environment Authority.
Welcoming the visiting delegation, Hussain Al Banna, Director of Traffic, Traffic and Roads Agency and Deputy Head of the RTA’s Crises Management Team, emphasized that RTA was keen on sharing with the government and quasi-government authorities, agencies and departments in the UAE its pioneer experience in the management of crises, disasters and emergency cases that may result from natural causes, human errors or any acts of sabotage relying on highly responsive and effective methods to handle such cases in order to save lives, protect the public and private properties and minimize losses.
“RTA Crisis Management Team operates dynamically to cope with any emergency or crisis that may potentially occur at any time and for any reason. In view of RTA’s large scale assets and properties which include public transport means and the infrastructure necessary to operate mass transport network in Dubai Emirate, RTA has put in place an integrated, effective, comprehensive, and highly responsive crisis management system to tackle various types of crises and disasters, continued Al Banna”.
He added: “RTA deals with three types of crises in terms of the degree of response required from the concerned bodies. The first type involves disastrous accidents whose impact may affect the entire community or beyond, and the response to which goes beyond the capabilities of the RTA where the initial response is made by the Police, Civil Defence and Ambulance. The transitional response is provided by the Police, Civil Defence, Ambulance and RTA as needed, and the recovery of the position is the responsibility of the concerned government body. This type falls within the third category of crises having impact at the national level.
“The second type of crises comprises major accidents involving the public and requiring greater coordination with external judicial bodies. Examples of this type include highway accidents where the initial response comes from the Police, Civil Defence and Ambulance while the transitional response is delivered by the Police, Civil Defence, Ambulance and RTA, while the recovery is being the responsibility of RTA. This type belongs to the second category of crises having impact at community level.
“The third type of crises includes internal accidents that can be tackled using the existing resources or through seeking a limited assistance. Example of this is the damage to the interior body of trains, in which case the initial and transitional responses as well as the recovery are the responsibility of the RTA,” said the Director of Traffic in a final remark.