Chinese Experts Train Cambodian Officials on Firefighting

Chinese experts are training Cambodian 150 firefighters from the General Commissariat of National Police and competent departments across the country's 25 capital and provinces.

The sessions followed the effort to increase firefighting capacity throughout Cambodia by the Royal Government of Cambodia.

According to Director of Fire Department, Ministry of Interior, Mr. Net Vutha, the trainees were supposed to pick up the skill in order to provide echo training to their colleagues so that they can operate current state-owned 250 fire engines at 141 stations in Cambodia.

Many of the said number of firefighting facilities and staffing, he added, were just added, so solid skill need to be equipped to ensure effective intervention.

Taking place at a centre in Kampong Speu province from Feb. 27 to April 13, 2017, the training entails two sessions.

Fire remains a big issue in Cambodia, and of the incidents happening so far 38 percent derives from carelessness and 42 percent from electrical faults.

In 2016 alone, there were 612 cases of fire incidents which killed 14 people and injured 25 others.

Royal Government of Cambodia has opted for Feb. 20 as National Fire Prevention and Firefighting Day to promote attention of general public and all concerned parties on the incident.

The government has also ordered 87 new fire engines for this year.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press