ZANIS-Sixty-One fire-fighters from 33 municipal councils across the country have been trained in marine and rescue operations by the Special forces training school in Mbala district.
Mbala Special Forces Training School Commandant MOSES SHAPWAYA says the team which comprised one female has been imparted with knowledge in specific rescue skills in water and elevated building rescue.
Colonel SHAPWAYA says the training is also aimed at improving the rescue response challenges that fire fighters often face in their duties.
And speaking during the pass-out parade ceremony Local Government Minister CHARLES BANDA observed that the skills acquired during the training will help fire fighters to save communities efficiently diligently and effectively.
Dr. BANDA explained that government is committed in ensuring that the national fire and rescue services policy is fully implemented to ensure that service provision to the community is achieved.
The Minister also assured the grandaunts that he will equip the fire department with the necessary equipment to match the attained skills.
Meanwhile National Fires Training School Commandant YONAH MWALE said that increased population and economic activities coupled with infrastructure development has translated into corresponding increase in rescue incidence occurrence that require urgent need