Basic Fire Service TrainingDec 5, 2012
A four-week “Basic Fire Fighting Services Training from 30 October to 30 November 2012 were held held in the National Police Training Academy, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu.
The main objective of the training is to train fire-fighters on basic skills, knowledge and understanding to ensure their safety and the safety of others during a fire response.
Nepal is one of the 20 most disaster-prone countries in the world and fire being one of the most recurring. Every year, particularly in the dry season, a large number of incidents of fire are reported, mainly in Tarai, where about three-quarters of houses are built with thatched roofs vulnerable to fire. Although the number of deaths is lower than other disasters, the average loss of property is high. Due to haphazard urbanization and industrialization, urban areas are also becoming more vulnerable to fire.Poor fire services, few and old fire engines, insufficient skilled human resources combined with narrow lanes and clustered households is increasing vulnerability to fires.
Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management (CDRMP) is supporting the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) to conduct a four-week “Basic Fire Fighting Services Training from 30 October to 30 November 2012.
A total of 29 Fire-fighters from Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Forces and Kathmandu Metropolitan City Fire Brigade, Lalitpur Sub- Metropolitan City Fire Brigade and Bhaktapur Fire Brigade are being trained in the programme.
The training is provided by the UK’s Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services. This training will also help to build on an existing pilot cooperation between UK and Kathmandu Metropolitan City.