About 300 local leaders in Musanze District were on August 22 given basic skills in firefighting.
The training organized and conducted by Rwanda National Police.
Participants included village chiefs, cell and sector executive secretaries, district officials, hospital staff and owners or employees of factories, petrol stations, transporters and students selected from Musanze Integrated Polytechnic College.
The training focused on how to use various firefighting equipment, causes of fire outbreak and prevention measures.
The mayor of Musanze, Jean Claude Musabyimana, who presided over the exercise, noted that fire outbreak is one of the factors that affect development of individuals and the country in general.
He said that such training should give “value addition” to prevention and rapid response to fire incidents.
He thanked Police for organizing the training and appealed to the participants to utilize and extend the acquired skills to their workmates and community members.
The District Police Commander of Musanze, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Felix Bizimana noted that most fires are caused by substandard cables, short-circuit sometimes caused by overloading of electricity wiring system.
He appealed to them to acquire and install firefighting gadgets like fire extinguishers to facilitate immediate response.
In case of fire outbreak, he urged them to always be quick to call police on 111 (fire and rescue brigade) and 112 for emergency to immediately intervene and supplement other existing efforts to prevent loses.
Rwanda National Police (RNP), which is currently reinforcing its fire and rescue brigade, has extended its firefighting services to the regional level where firefighting trucks are stationed.
Plans are also underway to have firefighting engines at the district level.