Qatar Airways crowned the winners of a poster-making contest at a fire safety awareness event on Monday, held in the national airline’s main offices in Doha. Entries were submitted by Qatar Airways staff and their family members in support of the ‘fire safety at home’ theme, focusing on fire prevention and protection. The winning entries were made into a calendar, with each month’s artwork accompanied by fire safety tips.

Qatar Airways’ Senior Vice President, Group Safety & Security, Ashish Jain said:

Qatar Airways is proud to call Doha home, and we are proud to support the national focus on safety with this innovative and creative contest.

‘The vast majority of our 40,000 employees live in Doha, and we hope that by offering specific instruction on fire safety topics, we will contribute to better awareness throughout our home country. The success of this campaign is thanks to the extraordinary spirit of teamwork among all Qatar Airways Group staff, who were highly motivated to support this very important Civil Defence initiative.’

In support of Fire Safety Week, Qatar Airways held a home fire simulation on Monday, 25 January, demonstrating the best ways to address different kinds of kitchen fires. Key learnings included: Look while you cook – as it only takes a moment of inattention for a situation to get out of control; and the key factor during a fire or any other emergency is life safety and dialling 999 to inform the emergency services.

All participants in the poster contest were invited to the awards ceremony at the Qatar Airways Tower 2. Winners were grouped by category:

Age 0-5 years

Tanshi Sivaraja – winner
Hiram Randive Thotawattage – runner up

QR fire safety

Age 6-10 years

Naeema Tabassum – winner
Raizza Margaret R. Rano – runner up

Age 11-16 years

Shuaib Muhammed Ali – winner
Seann Suley – runner up

Age 17+

Linov Suseelan – winner
Ruwanthi Ileperuma – runner up
Overall winner
Linov Suseelan


In addition to being included in the 2016 Safety calendar, winners also received gifts provided by the Oryx Rotana Hotel, Qatar Duty Free, and Qatar Aviation Catering Company (QACC). Mr Keith Hunter, Senior Vice President for Qatar Duty Free said:

The level of engagement among all Qatar Airways Group staff has been extraordinary, and it is QDF’s honour to award the contest winners for their efforts.’

Another initiative launched as part of this safety drive is a fire awareness e-learning package which focuses on key fire safety messages such as advising staff to look before they lock – making sure all unnecessary electrical items such as air conditioning units are turned off before leaving accommodation unattended for any period of time. This package will be directed to all staff.

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