“Building workers capacity in fighting fire outbreaks helps save their lives and properties. It is crucial to ensure that they are aware of what to do in case of fire”, said the force’s assistant inspector in Kinondoni District, Isack Njombe.
He was speaking over the weekend shortly after fire fighters arrived at Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam when the hotel conducted a fire drill that aimed at testing its fire system and showing seriousness on safety.
Njombe said the fire drill has proved to have positive results in case of fire accident.
“Our response shows how well we are prepared to save lives as well as properties during fire accidents”, he noted.
Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam Security Manager, Fabian Matawa insisted that it is the responsibility of every staff to take precaution during fire accidents, hence the need for regular drills.
Security Manager explained that the hotel conducts safety trainings to the staffs twice a year.
“In doing business, we also prioritize safety of our employees. We are investing a lot of monies in capacity building for our hotel staff”, Matawa explained adding fire drills helps staffs not only at work places but also at their home.
Narrating, he said the fire drill started by an alarm sound that alerted an emergency before the all hotel guests and staffs get out of the building and assembled at the special point.
Matawa said the management had not notified any of the staff and guest on the exercise since the aim was to see how they will respond to the situation. He said although they were not told of the fire drill earlier, both staffs and hotel guest responded well by gathering at the assembly point.
“They all remained safe even after the exercise, previously they knew it was really fire accident”, he said.
Cleophace Ixiyao, fire officer from SGA Security Tanzania Limited said he learned many things during the exercise. He hailed the hotel for investing in rescue equipment and being considerate on the safety on its employees and guest.