Drill conducted as opening of shopping mall approaches.
To prepare for the grand opening of Aeon Mall Long Bien in a few weeks, Aeon held a fire drill on October 16 involving leaders and staff from the Hanoi Fire Brigade and 600 employees working at the shopping mall.
“Fire prevention in a shopping mall like this, with restaurants and entertainment areas, is essential,” said Mr. To Xuan Thieu, Deputy Head of the Hanoi Fire Brigade. Local staff and local firefighters are both important in fire prevention and fire fighting, he added, because they can extinguish a fire before it gets out of control.
In the scenario for the drill a fire started in a restaurant on the third floor and then quickly spread to entire western area of the floor.
Four hundred “shoppers” were directed to escape outside.
Seventy firefighters, eleven fire trucks and an ambulance were involved in the fire drill. The roads around the shopping mall have been built wide enough to allow easy passage for fire trucks.
Aeon Mall Long Bien is located in Long Bien district, about 5 km from the center of Hanoi. On an area of 96,000 sq m with a gross floor area of 120,000 sq m, it is the third Aeon shopping mall in Vietnam and also the largest Aeon project in the country to date.
It comprises four floors with 180 outlets, eight main gateways and a parking area with a capacity of 1,000 motor cars and 10,000 motorcycles, and targets to serve the shopping demand of 280,000 households, or more than 1 million people.