JKUAT Fire Marshals Trained on Swift Response to Fire Emergencies

Prof. Bernard Ikua makes his remarks

Departmental Fire Marshals at the University have undergone comprehensive training to serve as first responders in the event of a fire emergency. The training aims to equip the fire marshals with necessary skills to swiftly handle any fire-related incidents on the campus.

The training conducted April 22-23, 2024, 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.

Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration and Finance, Prof. Bernard Ikua, emphasized the role of fire marshals in the well-being of staff and students while on campus. “Our priority is the safety and security of all members of our university community. By empowering our fire marshals with the right training, we are enhancing our overall emergency response capabilities,” said Prof. Ikua.

Prof. Ikua expressed his satisfaction at the inclusion of students in the training program while reflecting on his own training experiences in the National Youth Service (NYS). He related how those experiences had instilled in him, a deep dedication to preparedness and safety protocols, underscoring the importance of equipping students with similar skills for their own safety and that of the university community.

Mr Moses Githinji conducts training

Chief Security Officer, Mr. Samuel Kamande reiterated the importance of the training, stressing the role of proactive measures in risk mitigation. “The indispensable role of fire marshals cannot be overstated. Their swift response can significantly impact containing fire incidents and minimizing potential damage,” said Mr. Kamande.

He expressed his appreciation to the University Management for its support of the forum, acknowledging JKUAT’s dedication to the safety of both staff and students. Mr. Kamande added that the University’s approach in inviting accredited professionals emphasized the seriousness that is accorded to safety measures within the university community.

The Lead Trainer Mr. Moses Githinji from underscored the importance of continuous training and readiness, and the need for both knowledge and practical skills in effective emergency response. “Through this training, we are ensuring that our fire marshals are well-prepared to handle any fire emergency effectively,” Mr. Githinji explained.

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