Polish Government trains fire fighters
The Polish Government has trained some 1,000 firefighters as Kenya endeavors to empower with skills fire personnel countrywide.
An instructor from the Polish Centre for International Aid, Konrad Szymkiewics, told KNA on Thursday during an ongoing training for firefighters at Kiambu Township that it was prudent for Kenya to have firefighters in all the county governments and preferably in all institutions.
Konrad who has been an instructor since 2014 when the Polish Government deployed him to work with the Kenya government noted that institutions needed to have fire engines to extinguish infernos whenever they occur.
The instructor noted that the firefighting units should be on standby all the time so that whenever emergencies occurred, they would respond immediately to cushion families and institutions from incurring heavy losses.
“Such units should take a minute to reach the venue of a fire as it spread so fast and every minute wasted count,” he added.
Konrad advised county governments to invest in construction of hydrants where firefighting trucks could get water from incase of a fire incident.
“The recommended standards is that they should be 100 meters from one another along all the roads,” he said
Konrad assured those willing to own their own units that they could get foreign assistance if they place their proposals at the right time and make follow-ups.
“If counties followed what was recommended internationally, there would be no loss of property or lives as all fires would be extinguished in record time before causing damage,” he noted.
The instructor made the remarks in the wake of last weekend’s fire incident at Moi Nairobi Girls School where 9 girls lost their lives.
Following the incident, one student was arraigned at a Juvenile Court in Nairobi to answer charges of murder.
Currently, 20 fire-fighters are winding up their training to pave way for another 20 who are scheduled to report at the same venue on Monday 11th.The group is drawn from Kilifi, Isiolo, Muranga, Machakos, Meru and Kiambu counties. This 2nd group comprises of 18 men and 2 ladies.
Supafoam company personnel have also benefitted from the training which began a fortnight ago.
By Lydia Shiroya