It made the
announcement at a press conference held at Alliance's Bangladesh office on
The announcement coincided with the second anniversary of Tazreen
Fashions fire that killed 112 workers in 2012.
Alliance has also
confirmed that unlike Accord it will not prepare a vendor list for procuring
fire safety equipment.
The training course has been designed on the
recommendations of National Fire Protection Association and aims to help raise
quick response capability of the security guards in the event of a
This new course is complementary to Alliance's existing fire safety
training programme for the workers of its factories. The new course also
includes session for factory managers.
A worker named ‘Sabina’ who
miraculously escaped the Tazreen Fashions fire, was also present at the press
She told everyone how she had survived and appreciated
Alliance's ongoing training programme for workers. She also requested factory
owners not to lock the emergency exit door.
The training course will be
implemented through 'Train the Trainers' programme in cooperation with the
security service provider G4S.
The Institution of Occupational Health and
Safety-certified training manual was prepared by fire safety expert Dr David
Gold. All the participants will receive certificates at the end of the
European clothing brands' platform Accord had recently prepared
a list of vendors for procurement of fire safety equipment. When bdnews24.com
asked Allaince advisor Ian Spaulding if they, too, had a similar plan, he said,
"We don't have any such plan."
Spaulding said one of the reasons for
organising annual fire safety equipment expo was to make factory owners aware
about fire safety equipment – some of which are locally made and the rest are
Another reason was to increase the supply of fire
safety equipment. But Bangladesh does not produce fire doors certified by UL, FM
Global and other reputed certification bodies.
He stressed on production
of quality fire safety equipment at home and abroad with proper certification
and expressed his satisfaction over the gradual decline of duty on fire safety
Head of Man service of G4 Securities Brig Gen (Retd) Selim
Akhter Khan said, "Vendor list is not important. Technical specifications are
more important for fire safety equipment."
Dr David Gold said, “First
role of a security guard during a fire is prevention; second is protection and
third is evacuation (PPE). He needs to check whether the exit door is blocked or
locked. As soon as the fire alarm goes off his job is to ensure safe evacuation
Alliance Bangladesh Managing Director Rabin Mesbah was also
present at the press conference.
Apart from the new training course,
Alliance is going to hold its second building and fire safety expo on Dec
In addition, Alliance started a 24/7 help line called 'Amader Kotha'
to know about workers' problems. Currently, the help line is available in 250