July 13, 2020, Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Turkey. - AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC conducted pre-scheduled drills to evacuate office employees at the Akkuyu NPP construction site in case of a potential fire threat. According to the requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Turkey, emergency drills should be held at all enterprises in Turkey at least once a year.


The drills involved the squad of fire safety department of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC. On fire safety training fire alert, 368 employees of the company quickly left office buildings and headed to the emergency meeting point while the fire squad arrived for conditional fire extinguishing. The fire brigade consisting of 5 people – 4 firefighters and a coachman, fully equipped, acted to eliminate the conditional fire threat in office buildings.


Expert of the fire safety department Semih Kumaş summed up the results of the pre-scheduled drills: "Fire department employees at the Akkuyu NPP construction site participate in 3 theoretical exercises and 2 hands-on training sessions every day, and as a result of continuous training, evacuation of personnel and engagement in case of a potential fire threat were carried out successfully. Employees were evacuated from office buildings in due time, and firefighters worked promptly and completed the task of eliminating the conditional fire hazard. Such drills are carried out to comply with the requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Turkey as well as to develop interaction and coordination of the site’s response teams.


The employees of the fire brigade of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC draw their duties 24/7 at the Akkuyu NPP construction site. Fire safety department makes a daily tour of the territory of the Akkuyu NPP site and supervises compliance with fire safety standards at all facilities of the nuclear power plant under construction. The duration of the fire brigade shift is 12 hours. During the work shift, fire fighters receive training concerning the rules of occupational health and safety, the requirements of regulatory documents and the legislation of the Republic of Turkey regarding fire safety. They are also engaged in sports training and hands-on performances in outdoor areas and indoors.