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FIRE SAFETY: Over 300 trained in Eastern Province

The Rwanda National Police (RNP) Fire and Rescue Brigade (FRB) fire safety awareness continued to Gatunda, Ngarama and Gahini hospitals in Nyagatare, Gatsibo and Kayonza districts, respectively, where over 300 staff were trained on how to fight and prevent fire emergencies.

Participants in a one-day training include medical workers, administration staff, cleaners and security personnel.

On Thursday, February 10, the fire safety training was conducted to

They include 120 staff of Gatunda hospital trained on Friday, February 11, while 57 from Ngarama hospital and 125 staff of Gahini hospital were trained on Saturday, February 12.

They were introduced to causes of fire, components of fire, different types of fire extinguishers and how they are used, precautionary measures on cooking gas, fire drills and the procedures of evacuating people from the hospital in case of fire.

The training came after other similar outreach to enrich understanding of the staff in health facilities on fire components and mechanisms of preventing fire emergencies.

Dr. Philippe Ngabire, the Director of Gahini hospital thanked RNP for organizing the training.

“This is an important training that gives the hospital staff are clear understanding on fire safety both at work and in their homes. Prevention is important to save lives and property from fire, which can result from human behaviour and at times lack of knowledge on safer use of electric appliances and skills to effectively respond to small fire before it spreads,” Dr. Ngabire said.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Paul Gatambira, the commanding officer for Fire and Rescue Brigade, said that the ongoing awareness and training aims at equipping many people in Rwanda with knowledge and skills to prevent and overcome fire outbreak at homes and places of work.

The outreach is combined with inspection of facilities on fire safety and advising on precautionary measures.

Contacts in case of fire:

111 Fire and Rescue

112 Emergency

0788311025, 0788380615: Eastern Province

Source: RNP

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