Firm, UK partner collaborate on capacity building for fire fighters
According to Falck, the collaboration has commenced with the training of Federal Fire Service personnel this month on four different specialised courses including High Rise Fire Fighting Tactics, Casualty Care and Extrication, Fire Team Leader (JOIFF), and Fire Safety Management and Fire Risk Assessment.
The firm explained that the training will ensure that the Federal Fire Service is equipped with knowledge and technical skills required to deliver on their jobs.
Director, Falck Prime Atlantic, Mrs. Folake Soyannwo, in a statement was quoted: “This is yet another milestone we are very pleased with. Fire-related emergencies have become very rampant all over Nigeria, with very devastating consequences resulting in significant loss of lives and property.
“Supporting the response capabilities of our emergency responders through training and consultancy in-country, in collaboration with the Fire Service College, UK, which brings with it many years of experience in the area of fire fighter development, confirms our commitment to our promise of training locally to global standards.”
Head of International Training Development, Fire Service College, Kevin Keeler, said: “We are delighted to be working with Falck Prime Atlantic to deliver a range of fire-fighting training (High Rise, Fire Team Leader, Fire Risk Assessment and first responder emergency care) to the Federal Fire Service.
“This will provide the basis for further collaboration in the delivery of high-quality training in Nigeria to both the public and private sector.”
The Fire Service College has a longstanding relationship with Nigeria and this collaboration is an important new development.”
On his part, Acting DCG Federal Fire Service, Quintus G. Azogu, said that enhancing the knowledge and skills of fire-fighters was imperative, hence the emphasis on personnel training and re-training.
He further said Falck Prime Atlantic was one of the best private fire-fighting training facilities in Nigeria with a reputation comparable to what obtains overseas.
Azogu said the collaboration between Falck Prime Atlantic and the Fire Service College, Moreton, in Marsh, UK, has further strengthened the quality of the programme, as seasoned resource persons from the college are available to deliver some of the subjects at Falck Prime Atlantic’s training centre.
He also disclosed that the Federal Fire Service had made tremendous efforts to boost its staff strength, procure more fire-fighting equipment, and re-jig the Fire Service Act, and the National Fire Safety Code.
He also disclosed the Controller General’s plans to engage state governments for improved service delivery of fire services in their respective jurisdictions, especially in the areas of recruitment, fire-fighting assets, and training.
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