Real estate developers and constructors have been urged to seek the opinion of fire fighters while putting up buildings as it would help save many lives during emergencies like fire outbreaks.
The Kenya National Fire Brigades Association (KNFBA) Secretary General (SG), Francis Omolo said that the fire fighters opinion was crucial during the construction of a building as they gave crucial standards to be implemented during the construction to help rescue lives in times of fire outbreaks or stopping of the same immediately.
For example, doors for school dormitories should swing both ways or open to the outside and be huge enough to allow escape route for 40 individuals per minute, explained Omolo.
Speaking on Tuesday during a five day fire training organized by Africa Fire Mission (AFM), Omollo said that Kiambu County government was set to host a Fire Brigades Academy aimed at educating volunteers about firefighting and the changes in the current technologies.
We have set up a training session that will take five days from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. It is open for everyone interested in learning ways to stop fire and how to deal with its outbreak. Africa Fire Mission has been helpful to see to it that fire fighters are equipped with necessary knowledge, he said.
The SG also implored other security organizations like the G4S to join the academy.
The training will equip fire fighters with knowledge to deal with fire outbreak. Firefighting department involves more than just putting off of fires in case of the tragedy, he noted.
Omollo requested the County Government to employ more fire fighters insisting that wanton infernos had in the past destroyed many properties thus obstructing growth of the Kenyan economy. With enough fire fighters safety is guaranteed, he asserted.
The County Governor, Ferdinand Waititu promised that his administration would ensure that the fire fighters are insured and also provided with risk allowance considering the high risk environment they work in.
Waititu said they will also be hiring more fire fighters and reach out to the residents to at least open up roads for easy of accessibility by fire fighters and ambulances during emergency missions.
David Moore, the founder and the Executive Director of AFM said they have ventured in this line of activities to help reduce or stop fire tragedies.
It is important to stop fires and this is achievable through training everyone in the community. Different communities require different number of fire fighters, he said
Moore said the Kenyan government has only little capacity to deal with fire outbreaks, saying there were programs to equip young learners with knowledge in the field.
The government lacks enough fire fighters, inadequate apparatus and requisite education that to help communities in fighting the menace. Better equipment and adequate personnel assures protection of billions of money and helps in saving lives. Therefore, the government should invest a lot in fire brigades. Programs to train students are in place to learn more about firefighting. The curriculum is available in africafiremission.ogr, added Moore.
Source: Kenya News Agency