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Qatargas recently signed a five-year agreement with College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q) to co-facilitate accredited Incident Command System (ICS) Training for Qatargas staff.
Under the five-year agreement, CNA-Q will provide the technical support, specialized equipment, facilities and personnel to train more than 500 Qatargas technical staff, subject matter experts and managers over the five-year period.
The Continuing and Professional Education Department at CNA-Q has been co-delivering ICS training since April 2019 aimed at meeting the growing demands of crisis response management in the country, and as part of the College's continuing and professional education mandate. CNA-Q has previously partnered with Qatargas as well, to provide First Aid and Emergency Technician training.
Commenting on the agreement, Khalifa Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Qatargas' Acting Chief Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (HSEQ) Officer, said: “We identified major priority areas and developed an approved tailored training plan for the crisis management teams together with the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. We are confident that with the expertise, competence and on-campus facilities of the College, together we can successfully bolster the company's incident command competency across the board."
Dr Salem Al-Naemi, CNA-Q President said: “We are fully committed to serving the growing needs of Qatar's largest industry, addressing an area that is becoming increasingly important – crisis management. We are proud to be collaborating with Qatargas again, specifically working with their Crisis Management team to co-deliver this crucial training."
Dr. Suhaim Khalaf Al-Josaiman, Manager of CNA-Q's Continuing and Professional Education added:" The CPE tailored a training that develops the company's workforce skills, and raise readiness level to deal with emergencies according to international standards."
Qatargas is the world's largest liquified natural gas company with a total annual production capacity of 77 million tonnes. As it continues to develop and expand its operations, mitigation of the associated risks is paramount. After completing an analysis of the current crisis management system, senior managers at the company identified formal and comprehensive training in incident command management as a priority for Asset Managers and their respective incident management teams (IMTs).
The courses delivered under the agreement include ICS 200 training for initial responses, ICS 300 Intermediate training for expanding or escalating incidents, and ICS 400 Advanced for the command and general staff functions during complex incidents.