Customized firefighting equipment worth 1.3 billion shillings complete with sirens, communications equipment and mobile computing technology will serve Packwach, Yumbe and Moyo districts.
The West Nile Regional Police Fire and Rescue Squad received a fire truck from police headquarters to assist with emergency response to fires in the area.
The customized firefighting equipment, valued at 1.3 billion shillings, equipped with sirens, communication equipment and mobile computing technology will serve the districts of Packwach, Yumbe and Moyo.
The Croatian-German-made Ziegler equipment was handed over to the regional fire and rescue team in Arua on Tuesday after practical drills by the ten firefighters.
Mirko Micuda, Ziegler’s computerized fire equipment expert, said the equipment should be able to help police effectively fight fires. Mirko asked the police to handle the equipment with care to avoid breaking down quickly.
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Police mechanical workshop engineer Ismail Sembuya said the team of police technicians will provide regular maintenance and repair of the new firefighting equipment.
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Michael Munguacel, West Nile Regional Fire Prevention and Rescue Manager, said the new equipment brings a sigh of relief to firefighters responding to fires that normally destroy people’s properties.
According to Munguacel, the new equipment will allow them to respond to fires in remote places like Pakwach, Yumbe, Moyo which were not easy to reach in the event of a fire.
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Records from the West Nile Region Fire Department show that police receive up to 20 fires each month.
Police firefighters in the region have been slow to respond to emergencies and avoid fires, especially in urban areas.
The only fire engines available that have been deployed to respond to a fire are normally earthed, which affects the response.