18 Mar 2015 12:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 18 MAR (NAMPA) Rescue South Africa, a disaster management team has been in Namibia since 2013 training Namibian firefighters and community members on emergency responses.
Having started with the training of firefighters from various local authorities in 2013, the team arrived in Swakopmund on Monday where they are now training 56 community members and firefighters.
The three-day training in Swakopmund focuses on members from disaster management committees such as regional, constituencies, local authorities, villages and settlements.
Speaking to Nampa during the training on Wednesday, Andre Marx from Rescue South Africa explained that the participants are given first aid training on how to treat snake bites, burns and accidents victims.
Marx noted that they also give veld fire fighting techniques, shore-based water rescue training, which includes; throw ropes and understanding water as a hazard.
From here we will continue to Windhoek and Omusati Region next week, where we will give the same training. This programme is crucial for residents to be ready to save lives and properties in the country, he said.
He further indicated that after Omusati, they will proceed to Zambezi and Kavango regions.
After the training on Wednesday, participants receive first aid kits.
The Japanese Government and the Ministry of Regional Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD) in Namibia finance the training.
Speaking on behalf of the ministry on Wednesday, Administrative officer in the disaster management sub-division Florian Hangula-Kadedy said the aim of the initiative is to equip trainees with relevant skills to reduce fires and loss of properties.
Community members are informed on how to best handle candles and open fires to avoid disasters, she told Nampa.
Rescue South Africa has previously responded to calls to fight natural disasters, such as earthquakes in Japan, Pakistan, Haiti, Iran and Algeria.
Their focus areas are rescue, medical, engineering, hazardous materials and logistics specialisation.