The Electronics Safety & Security Association of Bangladesh (ESSAB) on Friday night awarded nine buildings and companies for maintaining fire safety properly.
Besides, recognition and financial gifts were distributed among the family members of the thirteen firefighters who died in a single fire incident while tackling the blaze and explosions at the Sitakundu BM Container Depot in Chattogram.
State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman handed over gifts among them at the ‘8th International Fire Safety and Security Exhibition (IFSSE) titled, “ESSAB safety excellence award ceremony” at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital.
The nine awardees are—Concord-Sikander Heritage in residential building; Update tower, AIUB, and Sheltech Northern Star in Commercial Building; Mondol Intimates Limited, SQ Ceisius Ltd, and Vertex RMG Division in Industrial Building (RMG); Picard Bangladesh Ltd, and Berger Becker Ltd. in Industrial Building (Others).
Speaking at the award ceremony, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman said RAJUK and Fire Service and Civil Defense won’t provide licenses to anyone if fire safety is not maintained in the future.
“Now Bangladesh has eight green factories among 10 in the world. As a result, our export volume has gone up. The ESSAB has provided all fire safety equipment to build the green factories here,” he added.
Mentioning the government is setting up 100 economic zones, Enamur urged entrepreneurs to manufacture the equipment and export it meeting local demand as now Bangladesh has to import over 95 percent of equipment.
FBCCI vice President Amin Helaly, and Director (training, planning and development) of Dire Service and Civil Defence Lt Col Rezaul Karim spoke there.
Organised by the Electronics Safety & Security Association of Bangladesh (ESSAB) and co-partnered by Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence (BFSCD), the three-day-long expo aims to showcase new firefighting technology and create awareness among people of the country.
ESSAB President Zahir Uddin Babar gave a welcome speech while its Secretary General Mahmudur Rashid, Senior Vice President Niaz Ali Chist, Publicity Secretary Nazrul Islam among others were also present there.