Fire safety education needed

23 May 2019 16:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 23 MAY (NAMPA) – There is a dire need to educate the nation on fire safety and emergency measures.
This was according to Swakopmund Fire Brigade Department Fire Fighter, Shapwa Shongolo during an interview with Nampa here on Thursday.
According to Shongolo, although a few people may have some idea on how to act during a fire outbreak, a little bit more awareness and training may go a long way in educating people in this regard.
“One training session or two a year at schools and anywhere else will indeed be able to help fire victims in cases of a fire emergency and we aim on taking this education into the communities,” Shongola said.
The fire fighter was speaking on the sidelines of a one-day Fire Safety Awareness Workshop for teachers, institutional workers and learners from schools around Swakopmund.
The workshop, organised by the Swakopmund Municipality’s Health Department in collaboration with the Fire and Rescue Services, was aimed at educating and creating awareness of fire safety and what to do in case of the occurrence of such an event.
Environmental Health Practitioner, Robeam Ujaha, told Nampa that although the workshop kicked off with schools only, the department wants to take it further into the communities, especially those prone to fires due to an increased use of fires for sustainability.
“In the next training we plan on involving the community when it comes to solving all kinds of emergencies of this nature,” Ujaha added.
Chief Fire Officer Adri Goosen also told this agency that the DRC informal area is one of the communities which needs more attention when it comes to fire incidents, seeing as most of the residents use candles and lamps as a source of light among other things.
“There will be a need for personnel to be available on call, 24 hours, in the future for this community and we aim on getting residents from this residential area to be the ones to occupy these positions in the fire office in that area, hence the need for such training workshops,” Goosen noted.
The workshop looked at the different kinds of fires, their causes, the different kinds of fire extinguishers and how to use them in various situations.