Crime & Investigation

Police Bolster Fire Fighting Squad


visit this site sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>The course which commenced in January 2013 at Uganda Prisons Staff College ended on July 5, clinic 2013.

It transformed the recruits into fire and emergency rescue personnel, it covered courses in fire prevention and safety promotion, fire fighting in closed spaces, first aid, fire fighting and rescue from a high rise building, fire fighting using a high ladder and fire fighting in open places.

According to the Chief Fire Officer, Joseph Mugisha, the above areas were carefully selected in relation to the demand of the people.

For example at a recent accident in Hoima Road where a truck overturned and released hazardous sulphiric acid , the fire brigade was able to evacuate an entire village thus building capacity in this field is very important.

The chief guest, Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura congratulated the graduates and remarked that, “without training, we might as well forget about building capacity.”

The passing out of the firefighters comes in the wake of disastrous fires in which scores have lost lives.

At least 40 people perished in the fuel tanker fire accident at Namungoona in Kampala almost a fortnight ago.


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