uganda police officers firefighting course
Trainees were equipped with skills in escapement rescue, managing oil spillage, tackling a very complicated fire problem. FILE PHOTO

During the four months, police officers were equipped with skills in escapement rescue, managing oil spillage and firefighting in an aircraft.

Over 10 police officers, Thursday completed a 4 months specialized training in firefighting and prevention according to a Police statement dated October 16, 2020.

According to the Chief of Joint Staff, AIGP Jack Bakasumba, who presided over the function, the course comes at the right time to put the officers in a right position to be able to handle fire emergencies with confidence.

Bakasumba who promised to present the challenges affecting the directorate before the police management applauded the officers for their reasonable efforts in considering the course. He, however, urged them to remain disciplined and handle the equipment at hand with care.

Meanwhile, AIGP Joseph Mugisa, the Director Fire and Rescue Services, said that the officers have been equipped with skills among others the knowledge of how to put out a fire and save lives by effecting rescue means. 

“As you all know fire and 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,” AIGP Mugisa said.

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Meanwhile, during the four months, trainees 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 aircraft.

uganda police officers firefighting course
Trainees were equipped with skills in escapement rescue, managing oil spillage, tackling a very complicated fire problem. FILE PHOTO

AIGP Mugisa however, urged owners of big buildings including hotels, shopping arcades, and office buildings to be conscious of fire safety requirements and fire protection requirements of a building pinpointing that not a single building worth its name is immune to a fire outbreak.

He called on town councils, municipals to ensure that all buildings are established with a proper plan of how individuals can escape death in case of any emergency.

“Fire or any emergency can strike in any building of whatever name and nature. Therefore, the aspect of fire prevention and protection is critical and I appeal to any developer to liaise with any fire station nearest to you for technical guidance, to be guided on the inclusion of fire protection systems in your building,’’ he added.

‘’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 ammunition and that ammunition is water. Then, I request town councils, municipals, to ensure that buildings that are 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.’’

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Relatively, the AIGP said that the directorate will continue training officers 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.

Meanwhile, this comes at a time when fire services countrywide continue to receive a pool of criticism for their delay to approach scenes that are experiencing an outbreak.

The most recent incident happened last month when part of Makerere University’s main building was burnt to ashes. A section onlookers pinpointed that the fire services took long to respond to the occasion.