Oman Airports Learning and Development Center leads Muscat International Airport to become First International Airport in the Middle East to be accredited by the American Heart Association (AHA)

Oman Airports Learning and Development Centre continued its focus on broadening the circle of international accreditations received from major international aviation training institutions. After successful conclusion of multiple accreditation agreements with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Airports Council (ACI) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Oman Airports Learning and Development Centre signed today a new accreditation agreement acknowledging Muscat International Airport as an authorized international training centre accredited by American Heart Association (AHA) to provide AHA first aid and cardiopulmonary recovery (CPR) training courses. This agreement comes as part of Oman Airports' integrated strategy to provide world-class healthcare services to travelers across its airports.

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The agreement was signed remotely by Mr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al Yafei - Oman Airports Vice President of Support Services and Mr. Michael Holly - AHA International Vice President, in an online virtual ceremony.

Oman Airports, represented by its Learning and Development Centre, has recently developed an integrated first aid and CPR training programme in collaboration with the American Heart Association, which targeted a number of Muscat International Airport employees to promote awareness of the importance of CPR as a life-saving tool and to provide guidance on health and safety at works to participants through a range of training packages. The program aimed also at enhancing the skills and knowledge of participants and familiarizing them with the latest principles and practices of first aid to enable rapid response to medical emergencies and facilitate crucial lifesaving of travellers and airport employees by emergency medical services (EMS) staff. Furthermore, the program is designed for airport personnel who wish to become AHA instructors certified to deliver first aid and CPR program courses to employees at all the Sultanate’s airports.

 “We are honoured by the recognition that Oman Airports Learning and Development Centre continues to receive from the world’s leading and reputable institutions for the level of professionalism and high-quality standards demonstrated by the Centre, which earned us international recognition and accreditation for our pioneering work”, said Mr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al Yafei, Vice President of Support Services. “The signing of this agreement with the American Heart Society is a confirmation of our employees’ qualification and elevated responsibilities to offer and sustain the highest standards of training programs.”

Al Yafei added, “With this agreement, Muscat International Airport becomes the first airport in the MENA region to be accredited by the American Heart Association to provide AHA first aid and CPR training courses. This achievement reflects the hard work and commitment of Oman Airports to develop emergency medical services (EMS) at all the Sultanate’s airports during this period of serious public health concerns that the airport industry is facing around the world, by implementing health best practices and preventive measures to ensure health safety of all travellers.”

Oman Airports had achieved the provision and equipping of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the terminals of Muscat International Airport, in an initiative sought to achieve the highest level of timely medical and first aid emergency responses at the airport, thereby ensuring provision of immediate life-saving care for both travellers and airport employees in the event of health emergency. As part of this initiative, a total of 64 AED units were placed in different locations in the airport for use by first aiders in a timely and efficient manner in case of emergency. It is worth noting that with simple audio and visual commands, the AEDs provided by Oman Airport are simple and efficient to use, and can be safely used on both adults and children.

In the same context, Mr. Hamood Salim Al Hajri, Senior Manager of Oman Airports Learning and Development Centre said, “We are proud to add this agreement to our growing list of achievements through our joint efforts to provide globally-recognized training programs from international organizations. This agreement is the fruit of constant efforts carried out by Muscat International Airport team to develop special first aid certification courses for duty employees at the airport that teach them critical skills needed to respond to airport emergencies and train them participants to provide first aid, CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED), continue chest compressions and rescue breathe in a safe, timely, and effective manner, until specialized medical team takes over – all in compliance with the COVID-19 precautionary measures in place”.

Al Hajri added, “After successful completion of the training course, first aider will wear a badge on the shoulder to be easily recognized by travellers, employees and other airport users. Additionally, this service will be promoted by the Corporate Communication Department across all our airports to raise awareness and preparedness of emergency among our employees and to reassure travellers that our airports implement the highest health and safety standards. I would like to seize this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to all colleagues who have contributed to the completion of this program and to our fellow colleagues in the American Heart Association for the continuous support provided during this program, which led to the signing of this agreement.”

It is worth noting that the American Heart Association (AHA) is the world leader in first aid, CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) training and education. The AHA strives to provide training programs and public health education to individuals across the world and continues to explore ways to empower individuals with the necessary skills to deliver life-saving support in emergencies.

On the other hand, Oman Airports Learning and Development Centre has obtained many international certificates and accreditations from international organizations and bodies, such as the professional accreditation certificate from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to provide aviation and airport industry training courses and programs, in addition to achieving the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Program, which provides its Members with support for new and existing aviation training centres through the provision of technical expertise, and quality oversight in implementing high quality standards in civil aviation training.