FANR opens emergency operations centre

ABU DHABI, 28th March, 2019 (WAM) — The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, has inaugurated an emergency operations centre at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

The centre will play a key role in ensuring the authority’s ability to respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the country in line with its mission to protect the community and the environment from radiological hazards.

Abdullah Nasser Al Suwaidi, Chairman of FANR, as well as senior officials in the relevant authorities including the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management, the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority, the Abu Dhabi Police, and other partners, attended the inauguration ceremony.

Commenting on the centre opening, Abdullah Nasser Al Suwaidi stated that the inauguration of the centre is considered a significant achievement and should play a pivotal role in achieving the mission of the FANR in protecting people and the community from nuclear radiation.

He added, “This is in line with our commitment to developing the country’s capacities in readiness and response to emergencies.”

The centre comprises the services for nuclear and radiological assessments and includes nuclear security communication teams and other highly qualified personnel. It will perform its duties as stated in the country’s nuclear law that authorises FANR to undertake the necessary measures to ensure readiness in case of emergencies and to respond to them.

Government authorities will receive technical advice by the emergency operations centre in cases of accidents including protection from nuclear radiations, as well as preventive procedures related to the security of people and the environment.

The centre’s objectives are part of building the country’s capacities in the nuclear and radiological assessment in cooperation with the relevant authorities on the national and international levels.

Within this framework, the centre plans to hold 15 training courses or participate in the training courses to be held in 2019, including testing FANR plans related to emergencies and evaluating its readiness, as well as developing its capacities in all areas and functions of the centre.


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