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Service partners Falck Prime Atlantic to equip fire fighters


Fire fighters trying to put out the fire. PHOTO: NAN

Falck Prime Atlantic (FPA) in partnership with the Federal Fire Service (FSS) is set to organise a capacity building training for fire fighters in Nigeria, in a bid to stimulate their responses to emergencies.

Speaking recently in Abuja, Director of Business Development of Falck Prime Atlantic, Folake Soyannwo, enjoined Nigerians to expect more effective response to fire emergencies, adding, “the most important thing is to ensure that personnel who respond to emergencies have the required training because we will now be having well trained fire men that are responding to emergencies.”

Soyannwo disclosed that the firm has a facility in Ogun state on about 50 acres of land, which she said was the only facility in Nigeria that can provide the internally recognized practical training that is required by the Nigerian oil and gas industry. 

She further revealed that Falck Prime Atlantic would be collaborating with the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, UK to ensure that the training meets international standards for professional fire fighters.

She added: “We are looking at 40 people this year from the Federal Fire Service; it could be more based on the collaboration we now have with the Fire Service College. Why I say this is because we are bringing to Nigeria training that they would normally have to travel abroad to get, which will significantly reduce costs.”

Commending the Federal Fire Service for raising the bar, the director disclosed that state emergency agencies have also called on the firm to offer training to their staff, adding that even private agencies that have their own fire brigade teams have also approached their firm for training.

In his remarks, the Comptroller General of the FFS, Joseph Garba Anebi, who disclosed that the FFS would be employing 2,200 staff this year (2018), added all the existing staff and new ones would be trained.

He added: “The firm [FPA] trained about 40 men in 2017, and we are ready to offer another 40 men to them for training in 2018 because we want to have competent men that will go out and perform the duty for us in a safe and professional manner.”

Commenting on the details of the FPA partnership with the Fire Service College, Anebi explained that the FFS is poised to having some of the training in Nigeria so that more fire fighters can get the trained.

On his part, the Head of International Training, Fire Service College, Kevin Keeler said the college was aiming to deliver and ensure common and consistent standards of leadership command and control training of fire and emergency service.He added that the college with over 160 trainers has the required capacity to achieve the training goals of the Federal Fire Service. 

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