This 19th May 2017, Gishari Integrated Polytechnic (GIP) concludes the training of Rwamagana hospital staff on Fire fighting. I32 staff members including medical, paramedical and supporting staff attended this training. The training is offered by GIP professionals in fire fighting. This training is the first of its kind offered to the staff of the above mentioned hospital.
This one day training is offered in shifts as the service rendered to people by the hospital has to continue hence it has been offered in three days to serve the total number of 132 staff members.
The training has been starting with introductory remarks by the Director of Academic Services at Gishari Integrated Polytechnic Mrs. Marie Therese UWIZEYEYEZU who encourages the trainees to follow actively the trainers in order to fully benefit from the training.
The trainers in Fire fighting starts by defining the fire. The trainer explains clearly the three agents that have to be there for the fire to occur namely fuel or material that is attacked by the fire, heat and oxygen.
The trainer attributes the increase of fire outbreaks in the country as a result of the negative side of the development.
The trainees (medical, paramedical and supporting staff members) following a presentation by the trainer during the theoretical part.
The trainer explains clearly the 3 classes of fire according to their causes. These classes are:
- Class A which is caused by the combustion of organic materials like wood, paper etc.
- Class B caused by the combustion of flammable liquids such as petrol and paraffin.
- Class C caused by the combustion of flammable gases.
- Class D caused by the combustion of metals like magnesium.
- Class E which consists of electrical fire.
The trainer informed the trainees that 69% of the fires that occurred in Rwanda were of electrical type. He mentions that the use of sub standard cables and poor installation were the main causes.
The trainees were taught theoretically and practically on how to deal with each class of fire like the class A which is extinguished by water, class B by the foam etc. The trainer told the trainees that 90% of the fire is extinguished by water.
One of the trainee extinguishing fire in a practical session.
The trainees are told that the greatest weapon to fight against Fire is awareness, giving them an example of a security personel who rescued the National Bank of Rwanda/ Rwamagana Branch from being attacked by the fire outbreak because of having acquired the skills in fire fighting. The trainer also tells them that the security personel managed to extinguish that fire at its early stages because the branch had the necessary equipments to fight against fire including even an alarm system.
The trainer Mr Geoffrey KAGUTA, a Kenyan professional firefighter, advises Rwamagana hospital to conduct a Fire risk assessment and plan in order to fight against any possible fire outbreak accordingly.
In her concluding remarks, The administrator Manager of Rwamagana hospital, Mr. Theoneste RUZINDANA expresses his gratitude to Gishari Integrated Polytechnic as an institution that has conducted the training expressing his satisfaction for the service rendered to Rwamagana hospital.
Mr. Ruzindana says Rwamagana hospital will continue to work hand in hand with Gishari Integrated Polytechnic to train their staff. He also says that his institution is going to do the fire risk assessment not only for increasing the safety at the hospital but also to fulfill the requirements for the hospital to be upgraded to another level.
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