Each department at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology now has at least two certified fire marshals who will be critical in spearheading the assessment and elimination of possible fire hazards in their respective departments as well as managing fire and leading staff to safety in case of any fire emergencies.
The University through the Security Department concluded the first phase of the 3-day precautionary training that saw over 100 staff members from all departments undergo the intensive hands-on fire training drills and skills, March 25-27, 2019.
The training focused on basic fire fighter codes, dealing with different classes of fire, safety culture, common fire hazards, causes of fire spread and prevention, suitable fire extinguishers for different infernos and first aid measures for a wide range of casualties among other areas.
Addressing the trainees during the closing ceremony, Registrar (Administration), Dr. Joseph Obwogi, who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, lauded the Fire Marshals for volunteering and turning out for the training, saying the gesture will safe guard lives and university property.
Dr. Obwogi reaffirmed the University’s support to the training stating that JKUAT will provide the resources required to make the initiative a success.
“The University will facilitate refresher courses of the training and other related trainings as per the guidelines and request from the Security Department,” said Dr. Obwogi
Chief Security Officer, Mr. Samuel Kamande, revealed that similar training for students and further trainings on national disaster management skills including terror threats skills were in the pipeline for the new fire marshals to widen their scope and range of disaster management expertise.
Mr. Kamande stated that the now fully trained fire fighters are part of the University’s security team urging them to be ready in case they are called upon.
The Chief Trainer, Mr. James Wambua of Fire Solutions Management Services, expressed confidence in the Fire Marshals observing that the team was now ready to tackle any fire emergency at the University.
While lauding the University for the initiative, Wambua urged the Marshals to work closely with the management given that the Fire Marshals are a critical component to the University’s fire advisory committee.