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SANID Supports Emergency Response At The 2011 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The National Emergency Response Volunteer Programme, Sanid, today announced its participation in the 2011 FORMULA 1™ ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX. Sanid is an initiative by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Takatof Programme for Social Volunteering. The event is being held at the Yas Marina Circuit from November 11 to 13.

Over 70 Volunteers from Sanid are participating in the 2011 FORMULA 1™ ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX. The volunteers are mainly UAE nationals and residents, who have been assigned the tasktask of receiving and directing volunteers from the Takatof Programme at Shahama Volunteer Welcome Center, registering attendees, distributing jackets and access cards, and organizing bus transportation within the main platforms of Yas Marina circuit.

Volunteers of Sanid are also supporting the Civil Defense Department in the event emergency station dedicated for emergencies such as fainting or fire.

Commenting on the event, Mrs. Maytha Al Habsi, Director of Takatof, said: “The Sanid Programme has gained the trust and confidence of local authorities for their organizing skills at several previous events in the country. Their role is compatible with authorities and companies involved in emergency response.”

The programme aims to train volunteers from various parts of the country to gain necessary skills and knowledge that allows them to protect themselves as well as their communities in emergency situations.

Mr. Ibrahim Al Blooshi, one of the volunteers at Sanid programme, and leader of the Sanid team at the volunteering center in Shahama, said: “We are well prepared to handle any emergencies at the event, having been trained to provide first aid and fire extinguishing, and been made aware of mechanisms for searching and crowd management to reduce the impact of a crisis.”

Mr. Mohammed Al Zaabi, team leader of volunteers at the 2011 FORMULA 1™ ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX, commented: “A group of professionals in emergency response have been chosen to take charge of emergencies, working hand in hand with official bodies involved with emergency responding such as the Civil Defense Department and NCEMA.”

Sanid focuses its efforts on providing support services to various emergency response authorities in the country in line with international standards. The number of volunteers registered in the programme is more than 2000, including men and women within from parts of the UAE. The programme aims to have an office in each emirate. The distribution of teams is based on proximity to the emergency site, enabling volunteers to respond efficiently and quickly until the official authorities arrive.

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