By Francis Otucu
Ten police officers Thursday finished a 3 months science for firefighting and emergency rescue induction course.
The officers were passed out by AIGP Jack Bakasumba, the Chief of Joint Staff who represented the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
According to AIGP Bakasumba, the specialized training in firefighting and prevention followed reasonable efforts in the course. The course, according to AIGP Bakasumba, came at the right time and puts trainees in the right place to handle challenges related to fire, with confidence in execution of tasks related to firefighting.
To this, he urged them to be disciplined and promised to present the challenges affecting the directorate before the police management. In conclusion, AIGP Bakasumba appealed to trainees to handle the equipment at hand with care. “
Handle the equipment with care as responsible citizens. Let’s develop that culture. Without these equipment, you can’t be called fire officers. So, handle it like your own,” he appealed.
Fire and Rescue Services Director, AIGP Joseph Mugisa on the other hand commended the trainees for showing the skills obtained during training.
To AIGP Mugisa, this is a show of what they can do in the event of need. “As you all know, Fire & Rescue Services require a prepared mind, a prepared soul, requires skills to save body and determination and skills to put out a fire, knowledge to effect a rescue in an intricate situation and that’s what we trained them to do using high tech equipment, and ordinary but useful equipment to save a life by effecting a rescue,” he said.
During the four months, AIGP Mugisa added, “they were equipped with skills in escapement rescue, managing oil spillage, tackling a very complicated fire problem like a bulk petroleum storage installation and firefighting in an air craft.”
AIGP Mugisa appealed to developers to be cautious of fire protection requirements and protection requirements of a building.
“We want to remind our developers that who put up hotels, shopping arcades, office building to be conscious of fire safety requirements and fire protection requirements of a building by saying that not a single building worthy its name is immune to a fire outbreak. Fire or any emergency can strike in any building of whatever name and nature. Therefore, the aspect of fire prevention and protection s critical and I appeal to any developer to liaise with any fire station nearest to you for technical guidance, to be guided on inclusion of fire protection systems in your building,” he noted, assuring the public. “I would like to assure the public that the fire service setup is arranged to respond immediately to emergencies, there is no time when the fire service can respond without the requisite ammunitions and that ammunition is water. Therefore, I request town councils, municipals, to ensure that buildings that re developed are developed based on approved plans and that plan must have a very big component of fire protection, and safety of the occupants. Fire hydrants should be in place and maintained.”
He noted, the directorate will continue training so ad to meet the need and the demand of officers of fire.
“We are going to continue training for purposes of enhancing human capacity, and spread out to cover most parts of the country so that fire services are brought nearer to the people,” he said.