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Debrief held by Phuket officials after SuperCheap blaze

PHUKET: A debrief meeting was held today (October 31) to discuss the SuperCheap fire and ways officials can improve the management around such a large disaster site.

By Naraporn Tuarob

Thursday 31 October 2013, 05:04PM

Gov Maitree at the meeting.

Gov Maitree at the meeting.

Read the earlier stories about the SuperCheap fire here.

Present at the meeting, held at the Department of Prevention and Mitigation Centre Region 18 office in Phuket Town today, were Governor Maitree Intusut, Vice Governor Jamroen Thipphayapongtada, and officials from the OrBorJor, OrBorTor and other municipal organisations.

Gov Maitree said during the meeting that individual businesses had to have proper fire evacuation systems in place in order to cope with a large scale fire.

I will send relevant officials to check each business, to see their plan to handle the fire situation.

The thing we need to improve on is communication between officials, rescue teams and others. Management communication too – who is in control of the site.

We are going to set up a large scale fire drill, but we are not sure when.

QSI International School Phuket

Before the incident happens, we have to make sure all the authorities are prepared to go to an event like this, and that we have the right equipment: Firetrucks, water pipes, masks, boots and contact numbers for the people who are in charge.

Second, we need to have details of the people who will have responsibilities for what areas. Third, we need to have a plan of how to handle the situation.

Also local businesses need to have a person who takes care of extinguishing the fire inside the building, and organises the evacuation.”

When asked about the 1,200 square metre SuperCheap site, Gov Maitree said, “This has been given back into the care of SuperCheap now, and I can confirm that no one died.”




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