WDA in collaboration with the Rwanda national police on Monday launched a two-month training in firefighting and rescue courses at Gishari police training school. 50 trainees from police, Rwanda collection services and security companies have been selected in the first batch, including 10 females.
Twenty-five of them will take up firefighting courses while the remaining will acquire skills in rescue operations. This batch will be followed by another one of 50 trainees and then a Training of Trainers (ToT) for the best 30 selected out of the two training phases.
While officially launching the course, the Inspector General of Police Emmanuel Gasana stressed that Rwanda needs more skilled people in this field due to widespread cases of fire outbreaks. He revealed that in 2016 police registered over 200 cases of fire outbreaks in the whole country. IGP Gasana added that the best strategy is to have many skilled people to pass on skills to institutions and individuals up to family level.
This training was conducted by MUGOLDS International Limited, is a fire risk management consulting company. It follows previous courses in firefighting for 99 trainees including 60 Police Officers and 39 civilians that were also held at Gishari Integrated Polytechnic in 2015, through support from the Skills Development Fund (SDF), operating under WDA.
According to the Director General of WDA Jerome Gasana, the plan out of this initiative is to have continuous trainings especially through the National Employment Program (NEP). This according to the DG would help in the distribution of skilled personnel in the country and playing part in the creation of off-firm jobs.
Rwanda Fire Protection Unit (FPU) Contingent Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police Jean Baptiste Seminega said that through this course, trained officers will extend their expertise in responding to regular fire outbreaks.