Posted on November 12, 2013

His Excellency the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani  officially inaugurated the state-of-the-art Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College (RLESC) at Ras Laffan Industrial City.

The opening ceremony was attended by Their Excellencies Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada the Minister of Energy and Industry; Mr. Mohamed Al-Hammadi, the Minister of Education and Higher Education; and Mr. Jassim Al-Sulaiti, the Minister of Transport. Also in attendance were senior officials from the Ministry of Interior, Civil Defence, and Qatar Petroleum, as well as foreign guests and a number of oil and gas industry leaders and safety professionals. 

RLESC – a result of a partnership and collaboration between Qatar Petroleum and the Ministry of Interior - is a premier emergency and safety training college designed to provide advanced training to professionals in the oil, gas, petrochemical, civil defence, civil and military aviation, and other sectors in Qatar as well as the greater Middle East, North Africa and Asia. 

The College is spread over a total of 1,000,000 meters and equipped with modern classrooms, range of simulators and indoor and outdoor facilities.

His Excellency the Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada said “this college is part of the greater vision of the State, and a reflection of our commitment for initiatives that meet the ambitions and vision of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar.”

Dr. Al-Sada said “RLESC is aimed at raising the level of local and regional capabilities in public safety and emergency management, which makes it one of the most important initiatives in this field.”

His Excellency added that “the college will serve the industrial sector from its location in the world’s biggest natural gas liquefaction site,” adding that “it will serve as an important tool in protecting lives and properties.”

RLESC will initially offer training and courses in fire emergency and safety, industrial fire fighting, search and rescue, hazardous materials, emergency medical services, and civil defence and aviation, while additional courses in health, safety and environment, public safety, and business community will further enrich its subject list at a later stage.

“RLESC is designed to be an advanced training facility, serving not only our constituents in Qatar, but the greater Middle East as well as Asia and North Africa Region. The College is a testament of our resolve to become a hallmark of emergency safety training,” said Khalid Al-Ansari, Manager of Ras Laffan Emergency & Safety College.

“The primary aim of RLESC is to train emergency and safety professionals in a variety of functional areas, thereby empowering the workforce of the modern Qatari economy,” added Al-Ansari.

The astonishing array of props at RLESC features some of the most advanced equipment at teaching facilities of this kind anywhere in the world. Industrial props have been procured specifically for the on- and off-shore oil and gas industry, while those for civil defence training feature a high-rise building, a commercial building, a villa, a cinema, a shopping centre, a warehouse and forensics investigation structures. The props for search and rescue training boast a confined space as well as a “collapsed” building.

Applicants can enroll in single training courses in specific field of study where the duration varies from three days to 12 weeks. The training partner and provider of Emergency Training at RLESC is Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).  TEEX is internationally acclaimed in the area of advanced practical emergency and safety training. Further, almost all of the RLESC Emergency Training courses are accredited by the National Board on fire Service Professional Qualifications ‘ProBoard’, of the United States.

Currently, RLESC has begun a joint field-research in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), which is being supervised by Texas A&M University at Qatar by with support from British Petroleum.

Meanwhile, QP announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding  with the University of New Haven, Connecticut, U.S. for offering diplomas and a 4-year degree in the fire safety management and fire protection engineering. A study plan is expected to be signed in the second quarter of 2014 and the academic studies  to start by September 2014.

University of New Haven (UNH) is a private institution that was founded in 1920; the university offers about 80 undergraduate majors and 30 masters programmes. UNH is renowned for providing its students with highly recognised degrees in fire science and emergency management. 

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