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17th December 2013

Bandar Seri Begawan, 17th December 2013 – Fire alarms and sirens sounded around the Kiarong Complex this morning in a staged fire scenario. More than a hundred of the Bank's customers andemployees were successfully evacuated from one of the office blocks in the Head Office in a calm and orderly manner and assembled in a designated assembly area across the street from the fire scene.

The Fire and Rescue Department received a call at around 10:15 am and quickly deployed a team from the Beribi Fire Station to the site. Billows of smoke were seen coming from one of the windows on the second floor of the office block, followed by the sound of continuous ringing of the fire alarm. A group of bank personnel who had previously undergone training and are certified as Fire Marshalls by the Fire and Rescue Department were on hand to direct the evacuation of personnel from the building. Within minutes,four fire engines with around 20 fire fighters arrived at the scene. Police personnel also arrived to provide assistance in controlling the traffic.

During the mock exercise, one death and four othercasualties were reported. Those injured sustained burns and a broken leg. One of the injured was a pregnant woman. They were taken to a temporary medical tent set up nearby for treatment.

This morning’s fire drill was a joint exercise between Baiduri Bank, the Fire and Rescue Department, Royal Brunei Police Force and the Emergency and Ambulance Services (EMAS) of RIPAS Hospital.

The purpose of the drill was to provide tactical experience, knowledge and training for the employees as well as empower them to calmly face and handle all circumstances that might arise during emergencies, especially fire.The fire evacuation exercise also created awareness among the employees and the tenants on what to do before professional help arrives. The exercise was in line with Baiduri Bank Group's initiative to provide an effective emergency action plan for the Group.

Mr Pierre Imhof, the CEO as well as senior management personnel of Baiduri Bank was on hand to witness the exercise. He said, "At Baiduri Bank Group, we conduct regular emergency drills to ensure readiness should a crisis does happen. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Brunei Fire and Rescue Department and the other agencies involved for their collaboration in making this exercise a success".

Baiduri Bank Group has in place an emergency response plan within the workplace which includes compliance with established measures to ensure the safety and security of their customers and employees. The Group continuously provides training to its employees to prepare them to handle situations of fire and other emergencies. Besides fire training, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid training are also provided. To date, 96 members of staff from the Baiduri Bank Group have successfully completed a Fire Marshall training course.

Indication of a fire breakout at Block B, Kiarong Complex Baiduri Bank staff evacuated to a shop lot across the street for safety.
Fire & Rescue personnel putting out the fire,
while traffic police assist to direct vehicles away from the scene
Fire & Rescue personnel setting up the temporary
Medical Casualty Tent and stretchers
Fire Marshals carry an injured staff to safety and for medical evaluation.
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