National Ambulance announces full readiness for Eid

Additional resources to be deployed around hot spots as part of the pre-emergency plan

Abu Dhabi: National Ambulance has announced that it has made all emergency preparations and proactive measures for the upcoming Eid Al Fitr holiday across the Northern Emirates.

This comes as part of an integrated pre-emergency plan to increase emergency resources by 20 per cent leading to 120 per cent readiness to ensure public safety and preparedness to deal with emergency situations and potential road accidents during the holiday.

As part of the pre-emptive preparations, National Ambulance will work closely with its strategic partners in the Ministry of Interior, mainly police and Civil Defence, as well as the Ministry of Health and Prevention and its hospitals.

In addition, National Ambulance will be activating its proactive emergency plan dedicated for public holidays, which will raise levels of readiness and alertness through the re-distribution of medical emergency crews and putting extra ambulances on the road.

These additional resources will be deployed around hot spots and vital roads according to the data collected by National Ambulance and shared by strategic partners in readiness to ensure public safety and efficient response during the Eid period across the Northern Emirates.

“During the holiday period, our dedicated team of ambulance crews and Ambulance Communications Centre will be on full alert, and efficiently coordinating with our strategic partners to respond and deal with emergency calls and incidents that may arise at this important time. This will ensure that the public would receive the most effective assistance possible,” said Ahmad Saleh Al Hajeri, deputy CEO, National Ambulance.

“We urge people to call us on 998 or use the NA998 App in case they need emergency ambulance. While we hope everyone has a joyous and safe Eid, we are here to help whenever we are needed.”

Al Hajeri cautioned the public and urged them to be more careful on the roads, abide by the general safety instructions for driving and safety procedures in shopping malls, beaches, parks and other public places.

He also stressed the need for parents to watch their children during Eid celebrations warning them of the dangers of drowning, run-over accidents and of children playing with fireworks and crackers which often result in injuries.

As well as using the 998 number for emergency situations, people in the Northern Emirates can directly contact National Ambulance Communications Centre through the National Ambulance 998 App.

Registered users can at the touch of a button request an emergency ambulance. The request goes immediately to National Ambulance’s Communications Centre, where trained staff are able to respond and dispatch an ambulance directly to the scene through GPS tracking. The app is available for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry devices.

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