The Directorate of Fire and Rescue Services in the Uganda Police Force on Thursday passed out a total of 10 police fire officers who have been undergoing specialized training.
The new fire fighters have been on training for 4 months at the fire headquarters in Kampala but also had practical sessions at Entebbe Airport, Kanjansi air base and Jinja Hydro power dams.
The pass out which was held at the fire headquarters in Kampala was presided over by the Chief of Joint Staff, AIGP Jack Bakasumba who congratulated the officers for the reasonable efforts in the course.
Bakasumba pointed out that the course came at the right time of putting the officers in a right position to handle challenges related to fires with confidence and also being in position to execute other tasks related to fire fighting.
He urged them to be disciplined and promised to present the challenges affecting the Directorate before the police management but also called upon them to handle the equipment at hand with care.
Speaking at the same function, the Director of Fire and Rescue Services AIGP Joseph Mugisa expressed confidence in the trainees basing on the skills they exhibited during the pass out.
“As you all know, fire and rescue services require a prepared mind, soul and requires skills to save somebody and determination to put out a fire. Knowledge to effect a rescue in an intricate situation is what we trained you to do using high tech equipment and ordinary ones but useful equipment to save a life,” AIGP Mugisa said.
In the period of four months, the trainees were equipped with skills in escapement rescue, managing oil spillage, tackling very complicated fire problems such as bulk petroleum storage installation and also fire fighting in an air craft.
Director Mugisa also reminded developers who build hotels, shopping arcades, office buildings to always consider fire safety requirements and fire protection equipment in buildings.
“Fire or any emergency can strike in any building. 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 on inclusion of fire protection systems,” he said.
He further appealed to town councils and Municipality authorities across the country to ensure that buildings are developed basing on approved plans considering fire protection and safety of the occupants.