The Pearl-Qatar, United Development Company’s flagship island development, inaugurated Wednesday morning its first fire station in a ceremony held at the new station premises and attended by high level government and civil defense officials headed by the Director General of Public Security of Qatar, H.E. Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, as well as a delegation of senior UDC executives headed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, that also included UDC’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Badr Al Meer.
The new station, located next to the Qatar Cool Plant at The Pearl-Qatar, will service the Island and its current residential and commercial precincts, presently served by a station temporarily set to serve the Island’s emergency needs. Its service area will cover all ten precincts of The Pearl-Qatar.
Construction work on the fire station covering a built up area of more than 1960 sq. meters started in December 2012 and was completed end of March this year at a total cost of QR 23 million, excluding the cost of land and other expenses related to project management and supervision. The total area of the plot is 3087 sq. meters.
While current response times for areas in the West Bay District and vicinity range from five to 10 minutes, the new station will reduce response time to areas at The Pearl-Qatar to less than three minutes, meeting the highest of international time standards.
“This is an extremely important development for the community at The Pearl-Qatar,” Badr Al-Meer, Acting Chief Executive Officer of United Development Company, said. “In addition to reducing the demands on the stations now serving the areas closer to the Island, adding this fire station would reduce response time and therefore bolster security measures and safety at The Pearl-Qatar.”
According to the Director General of Civil Defense Statt Brig. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Suwaidi, the station at The Pearl-Qatar couldn’t have come at a more important time.
“We hope that the infrastructure and facilities developed at this beautiful ultra-modern station would encourage development of similar facilities throughout Doha’s growing new residential neighborhood and areas,” Staff Brig. Al-Suwaidi, said. “The contributions firemen make to society often go unnoticed, and a fire station of this magnitude at The Pearl-Qatar acknowledges the efforts and sacrifices made by our brave men who often risk their lives to save others.”
A tour of the fire station by attending delegates revealed details and facilities second to none among Doha’s existing stations. They included:
• Covered parking for the fire trucks on the ground floor, accommodating a total of 10 large and medium trucks; offices, operation rooms, fire brigade facilities, training yard and an underground tank for fire and domestic water, foam tank and pumps room.
• The first floor features a lecture room, gymnasium, dining room, stores, sleeping rooms and senior staff facilities.
• The station’s smart systems feature BMS, an access control system and a closed circuit television system.
Developed by United Development Company, one of Qatar’s leading shareholding companies and the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar, other companies played major roles in the completion of this project, including Dar Al-Handasah (Shair & Partner) as architects, Engineering Consultant Group as the project’s PMC, while REDCO Construction served as the main contractor.
The Pearl-Qatar has a set of sophisticated health and safety processes already in operation on the Island, from which a key component is The Pearl-Qatar’s Official Emergency Guide. The guide details measures to be undertaken by first observers and respondents to an emergency. The Health and Safety team is also well equipped with state-of-the-art gear and operates vehicles with wireless communication system, firefighting and emergency kit.