29th May 2009
Falck and CNIA Enter Safety Training Centre
Partnership in Abu Dhabi
Falck and the Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) have entered into a long term
agreement for the operation and management by Falck of the former Navy Safety and Security
Training Centre in Musaffah, Abu Dhabi. Falck will utilise the centre to provide a comprehensive
range of internationally certified water survival, fire fighting, rescue and medical training courses.
Falck will upgrade the existing centre to achieve an internationally accredited training facility for
the benefit of CNIA, the armed forces, government agencies and a range of hazardous industry,
especially the offshore and onshore oil and gas sector.
The Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) is the government authority tasked with
handling the protection and security of Abu Dhabi’s vital assets and infrastructure. The Authority
works to ensure that critical facilities are secure from potential threats, possible disruption and
imminent destruction. Falck is the world’s leading provider of safety and maritime training to the
offshore oil and gas sector. The combination will provide a platform for the implementation of
training, such as Helicopter Underwater Escape Training, together with offshore rescue and safety
training for employees from CNIA and the oil and gas industry. In addition, the Centre will provide
all levels of industrial and public fire-fighting training as well as maritime, search and rescue and
coast guard training. Falck will introduce courses and curriculum accredited with international
standards such as OPITO and STW95.
CNIA’s Director General, Brigadier Engineer Muhair Ali Al Khateri, said, “The agreement with Falck
will help CNIA to achieve its goals of training its human resources and providing them with the
necessary skills to carry out their duties of protecting critical facilities."
“We are proud that a significant organisation such as CNIA has chosen Falck to operate the Safety
and Security Centre. We look forward to providing world class training to CNIA and the oil and gas
sector, together with the wider government and corporate community in Abu Dhabi. Falck is
pleased to establish a strong presence in the region which will pave the way for future
opportunities for the Falck Group,” said Falck’s Head of Middle East, Marc de Beer.
The Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) was created in May 2007 by Presidential
decree with an aim to safeguard Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure and key assets. CNIA is an
independently established entity based in Abu Dhabi and affiliated with the Abu Dhabi Executive
Council. It is responsible for protecting the Emirate’s vital facilities while working to maintain the
highest standard of security to nurture the economic stability that comes from a safe and secure
For more information, please visit: www.cnia.ae
Contact: Wadhha Al Jaberi
Head of Press and Publishing Unit
Falck is a private company with activities in 22 countries on five continents. Falck’s training
division, Falck Nutec, is the world’s leading provider of rescue and safety courses for the oil and
gas, maritime, fire training and services sector, operating 22 training centers all over the world. In
addition to this, Falck is the largest private ambulance operator in Europe, providing ambulance
services to the general public in seven countries in close collaboration with the authorities. Falck
also provides a range of services within health, safety, road assistance and other assistance to
corporate customers and private households in several European countries.
For more information, please visit: www.falck.com
Contact: Louis Honoré
Director of Communications
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