About 100 fire fighters will Monday begin 5 days training at the Thika Stadium conducted by trainers from Poland and the African Fire Mission from United States of America.
The training is expected to empower local fire fighters drawn from about 12 counties and private institutions to improve their skills and techniques in fighting fire in their respective regions.
Africa Fire Mission is an organisation involved with increasing sustainable capacity of fire departments across Africa.
The team intends to train as many people as will avail themselves because we have the capacity, the programme manager Mrs. Nancy Moore said during the final preparation meeting held at Thika stadium Sunday.
She called on the organisers to mobilise as many trainees as possible to enable them benefit from the skills to help contain fires in homes, institutions and industries in future.
The trainer noted that fires were mostly accidental and that there was need for every person in society to be equipped with firefighting skills to enable them put out fire in their villages or at the workplace.
This will go a long way in saving lots of money that would have been spent on repairing the infrastructure of any industrial plant or home, she said.
She revealed that out of a team of 25 trainers who arrived in the country a fortnight age 18 are still in the country to provide training. At the onset, the team trained pupils of Kosovo primary school which is located in the sprawling Mathare slums in Nairobi County.
The group of firefighters, both career and volunteers, believe in helping fellow fire fighters in Africa stay safe while fighting fires.
The team also provides fire departments across Africa with equipment and training to keep their firefighters safe and to help protect the communities they serve. They work with existing missions equipping them with fire prevention and community fire response strategies.
Kenya National Fire Brigade Association (KENFIBA) Secretary General Mr. Amolo Liech welcomed the team and thanked them for their support.
Liech said the visiting team had assisted many counties own equipment thus increasing competence and reliability whenever the society called upon in case of fires.
Among other countries that have benefitted from Africa Fire Mission are Ethiopia, and Zambia.
Monday’s Fire Expo is the second one in Kenya after the first was held in Machakos in 2016 in which more than 200 firefighters were trained. Participants that have confirmed attendance include Kisumu, Kisii, Kericho, Trans Nzoia, Makueni, Machakos, Taita Taveta, Murang’a, Kwale, Kilifi, Marsabit, Isiolo and Kiambu counties.
To team up with the visiting trainers is the Kenya Chapter for Emergency Medical Technicians. Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu, is expected to preside over the official opening Monday.
Source: Kenya News Agency