Firefighting. Rescue. Evacuation.

That was the focus for a drill that was recently carried out at the Khurda plant of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB).

Organised for manufacturing industries, the firefighting drill saw Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Britannia Industries and several others take part in the programme.

The programme covered effective firefighting techniques, rescue and evacuation process during an emergency. Nearly 200 executives from all the industries were part of the drill also learnt the essential lifesaving skills and methods to effectively utilise any available resource at hand for rescue and evacuation, during an emergency situation.

In the district crisis group meeting held in the Khurda Collectorate, program convener Swaroop Jena, Asst. Director Factories and Boilers, Government of Odisha said, “We greatly appreciate the initiative taken by HCCB to organize the training program in collaboration with the concerned departments of Government of Odisha. Industrial fire safety is an area of critical importance as Odisha continues its march to become a preferred manufacturing hub in Eastern India.”

Jose Alex, Factory Manager, Khurda, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, said, “Safety is one of the top priorities at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages. As one of India’ top 5 FMCG company, we consider it our duty to share experiences with others, while also learning from them.

HCCB has been operating its Khurda Plant since the early 2000s. The plant has 7 manufacturing lines and produces a range of Minute Maid and Maaza juices, Kinley packaged water and sparkling products – Thums Up, Sprite, Limca, Coca-Cola, Fanta etc. The plant is one of the largest FMCG manufacturing units in Odisha and HCCB is considering further expansion in the future.

The state of the art bottling plant in Khurda has won several state and national level recognitions like Pollution Control Appreciation Award from Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Food Safety Award from the Chief Minister of Odisha and CII, Energy efficiency Award from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency among others.