UAE needs disaster response team

Rescue efforts following the Kish Air crash were hampered by a lack of coordination, the UAE authorities have admitted.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  March 8, 2004

Rescue efforts following last month’s Kish Air crash were hampered by a lack of coordination, the UAE authorities have admitted. In a bid to prevent this problem recurring in the future, civil aviation authorities in the Emirates have called for the establishment of a federal body to handle all such disasters and to define the role of all organisations involved in rescue efforts. "The main problem is that there is no clear leadership to lead rescue operations in situations like the recent air crash,” Abdulwahab Al Roomi, director of the Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation told Gulf News. "All the authorities involved in such an operation [as the Kish Air crash] should follow instructions from an authority such as the head of a special rescue team instead of working alone haphazardly,” he added. Other problems identified in the aftermath of the Kish Air crash included the fact that the mobile phone network was jammed and the sheer number of people at the site. "Although all the departments responded quite well, it was noticed that the task of each authority overlapped and there was no clear coordination. The place was crowded with officials from different authorities. Civilians hindered the operation as well,” comment Al Roomi. "Roads were blocked with vehicles, which slowed the movement of rescue vehicles, including police and civil defence cars and ambulances. The mobile phone network was jammed and it was difficult to coordinate,” he added.

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