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FSA, Red Cross train staff on fire safety

08 August 2013, 18:04 Samuel Kisika

The Fire Safety Association (FSA) in collaboration with the Kenya Red Cross embarked on a drill to sensitise their trainee staff on fire safety measures.

James Wambua, the FSA National Chairman said that the annual fire safety training across the country kicked off on Aug 6, 2013 to practically equip their trainee staff with fire safety skills and sensitize the public on rightful measures that should be taken in the event of fire.

"This annual fire safety drill began on Monday targeting the entire nation in order to equip our trainee staff with fire safety skills and create awareness to the public on safety measures they should take in case of fire," said Wambua.

Wambua noted that practical fire safety training to their staff provides them with immediate fire fighting and casualty rescue skills in preparation for any fire incident.

He added that the fire brigade team has been facing many challenges including traffic jam that hampers their effort of reaching fire scenes on time to render their services, long distance to fire scenes leading to delays in containing the fire on time, and delay by the public in sending fire break out alerts.

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Wambua said that they faced similar challenges during the Wednesday JKIA fire because their fire brigade trucks had to cover long distance from the station amid traffic jam to the airport.

"The JKIA fire could have been contained before causing massive destruction of property worth millions of shillings had our fire brigade trucks reached the scene on time after covering a very long distance from the station," said Wambua.

He urged the premises owners across the nation to ensure buildings are adequately equipped with fire safety equipment, and the public to alert the firefighters on time in the event of fire.

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