Polish minister opens 20 million shillings fire and rescue training center – Kenya News Agency

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The Polish government officially opened a 20 million shillings fire and rescue training center in Kiambu with the first firefighting program accredited by the Technical Vocational Training Authority (TVETA).

During the familiarization visit to the facility, the Polish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Development and Economic Cooperation for Africa and the Middle East, Pavel Jablonski, as well as the Polish Ambassador to Kenya Jacek Bazanski, said the training center will provide high quality vocational training and certification services for firefighters across the country.

Polish instructors have already trained more than 600 Kenyan firefighters and provided firefighting services in more than 30 counties, according to Jablonski, the Polish government also donated professional personal protective equipment and equipment for their units.

The President of the Association of Fire Chiefs (CFOA) Mr. Samuel Kahura said that firefighters are trained using the latest compaction techniques for fire and rescue missions whenever such an incident occurs.

He added that firefighters are also undergoing high-rope rescue training under the Polish International Assistance Center, which has partnered with the county government through the Polish Foreign Ministry.

“I am proud of the 80 graduates of Kiambu, because we are now very prepared for a disaster and my government will continue to partner with the Polish government to equip the relief and rescue team with more skills to deal with disasters. Kiambu Governor James Nyoro said.

Kahura said the fire training college provides training for professional firefighters from 30 counties only and is not yet open to the public and due to Covid-19 the training has not been updated but it is offered online.

He further said that the counties were importing docked fire trucks of Sh. 60 million but through collaboration with the Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM), the Association of Fire Chiefs (CFOA) Kenya has developed a prototype fire engine (Isuzu), made in Kenya for Kenya.

“We are calling on other countries to come and buy these locally made fire trucks as they cost four times less than imported fire trucks and have been customized for a fire truck that is easy to maintain and maneuver in our rough terrain,” said Kahura.

By Grace Naisho

Association of Fire Chiefs (CFOA) Fire and Rescue Training Center Grace NaishooJacek Bazanski Poland Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Development and Economic Cooperation for Africa and the Middle East Pavel Jablonski Government of Poland Technical Vocational Training Authority (TVETA)

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