Ministry of Information staff drilled in fire safety precautions

Lilongwe: Department of Information (DoI) staff members in Lilongwe have been drilled on how to take appropriate and effective safety precautions during a fire outbreak.

Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday at DoI offices, DoI administrative officer, Benjamin Mkandawire, said their department decided to call fire fighters to train their staff in order for them to be knowledgeable on how to handle fire in case of emergencies to prevent more damages.

The Ministry of Information has an obligation to make sure that all their staff are conversant with firefighting skills, said Mkandawire.

He added that the two day training was crucial to the DoI staff because the knowledge they have gained will be applied at the office as well as their homes when fire erupts.

He therefore encouraged organizations both in the public and private sector in the country to conduct firefighting trainings for their employees noting that they are very crucial in as far as fire incidences are concerned.

He said most of the homes and offices have had their properties burnt down to ashes because their occupants did not have basic knowledge in firefighting.

One of the firefighting officers from Lilongwe City Council, Raphael Chiwanda commended DoI authorities for inviting them to sensitize their employees on how they can reduce fire risks at their work place and homes.

As firefighters, we commend DoI for inviting us to drill their workers in firefighting, as fire accidents are preventable only that most people are not aware on how to prevent them. If people were willing to have this kind of training, we could greatly reduce fire incidences in the country, Chiwanda said.

He therefore advised the general public to get their emergency numbers so that they should call the fire department whenever fire erupts in their homes, and if they need training they should contact them for further guidance.

Some of the key topics that were discussed during the training included methods on how to prevent fire at the work places and homes, types of firefighting equipment such as types of fire extinguishers used to retain the fire and steps in firefighting.

The training was patronized by 52 DoI staff from different sections which include Malawi News Agency, Publications, Technical, Photography, E-Media and Film Unit.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Ministry of Information staff drilled in fire safety precautions

Lilongwe: Department of Information (DoI) staff members in Lilongwe have been drilled on how to take appropriate and effective safety precautions during a fire outbreak.

Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday at DoI offices, DoI administrative officer, Benjamin Mkandawire, said their department decided to call fire fighters to train their staff in order for them to be knowledgeable on how to handle fire in case of emergencies to prevent more damages.

The Ministry of Information has an obligation to make sure that all their staff are conversant with firefighting skills, said Mkandawire.

He added that the two day training was crucial to the DoI staff because the knowledge they have gained will be applied at the office as well as their homes when fire erupts.

He therefore encouraged organizations both in the public and private sector in the country to conduct firefighting trainings for their employees noting that they are very crucial in as far as fire incidences are concerned.

He said most of the homes and offices have had their properties burnt down to ashes because their occupants did not have basic knowledge in firefighting.

One of the firefighting officers from Lilongwe City Council, Raphael Chiwanda commended DoI authorities for inviting them to sensitize their employees on how they can reduce fire risks at their work place and homes.

As firefighters, we commend DoI for inviting us to drill their workers in firefighting, as fire accidents are preventable only that most people are not aware on how to prevent them. If people were willing to have this kind of training, we could greatly reduce fire incidences in the country, Chiwanda said.

He therefore advised the general public to get their emergency numbers so that they should call the fire department whenever fire erupts in their homes, and if they need training they should contact them for further guidance.

Some of the key topics that were discussed during the training included methods on how to prevent fire at the work places and homes, types of firefighting equipment such as types of fire extinguishers used to retain the fire and steps in firefighting.

The training was patronized by 52 DoI staff from different sections which include Malawi News Agency, Publications, Technical, Photography, E-Media and Film Unit.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA