136 Namibians graduated as fire fighters under a program co-ordinated by Japan, Rescue South Africa and The United Nation's Office of Humanitarian Affairs. Of those graduates, five completed the course as instructors.
According to the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaaningwa, this event is an outcome of the Local Authorities in terms of local authorities Fire Brigade Services Act.
"As it is expected that local Authorities should render emergency services to their respective communities, it came to the Ministry’s attention that some Local Authorities are still facing challenges of rendering proper and adequate emergency personnel’’ Shaaningwa said.
Five trainers that graduated as instructors accepted the certificates on behalf of the 132 newly trained first respond shoulder and ever greater responsibility as they are the ones who equip others with the knowledge and mental fitness to tame chaos. The United State of America funded the training to the tune of $700 000 provided to Rescue South Africa.
The initiative is a part of a N$ 23 million Disaster Risk Reduction program that is managed by the U.S agency for International Developments Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA/USAID). In total 316 Namibians have been trained under the OFDA/USAID program.