Government has organized training of trainers in search and rescue management in order to combat the common disasters in the country.
Speaking in Salima, Monday, during the opening ceremony of the Training of Trainers in search and rescue course, Principle Secretary for Department of Disaster, Risk and Management, Ben Botolo said the nation need to be fully prepared for any natural disasters that is yet to come so that we respond efficiently.
He said the training is important because it is going to equip 51 identified people with the right skills that will impact on other officers in different departments such as aviation, police, fire fighters and military.
“All these areas are prone to disasters and they are very critical areas for proper functioning of the country so that when there is a fire outbreak, they can easily come in and rescue people in danger.
“In case of areas being affected with floods and there is need for food , these people can bring food for people using helicopters, but only skilled personnel can do that so this training is going provide expertise in search and rescue,” Botolo said.
Concurring with the Principle Secretary, South African based facilitator for Training of Trainers Andre Marx said the training is going to give skills to people from different communities and different professional services so that there is a large number of people who can provide assistance during disaster.
“This training will help a lot especially in rural areas where there is not enough emergency services that can help people get medical attention when affected by natural disasters,” said Marx
He added that they intend to increase the capacity building by giving much guidance training as much as possible so that the students can also train other people to increase the number of people with search and rescue skill management in the country.
The course will be done in three phases and the first phase will focus on capacity building where learners will be nominated to phase two which will be to train other students.