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KOICA to enhance capacity of firefighters

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 15 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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KOICA to enhance capacity of firefighters
Country Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Young-Ah Doh along with trainees from Fire Service and Civil Defence poses for a photograph at an orientation session at KOICA Bangladesh office on Wednesday. —SUN PHOTO

South Korea through Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is going to start a capacity development programme to increase capacities for stable operation and efficient management of Fire Service and Civil Defence personnel.

The programme styled “Capacity Building of Fire Service and Civil Defence” will begin from September 17 and continue to till October 1.

Five personnel from Fire Service and Civil Defence will participate in this invitational training, said the KOICA.

In this regard, a pre-departure orientation session held at KOICA Bangladesh office on Wednesday.

The 14-day long training in South Korea will help the Bangladeshi Fire Service and Civil Defence personnel to understand the support system of the ERCC (Emergency Response Control Centre); understand and acquire the procedures and techniques for the operation of comprehensive disaster prevention system; enable stable system operation and efficient management on Fire service and Civil Defence; and strengthen future cooperation in the Fire Service and Civil

Defence.

On behalf of KOICA, KISCA (Korea Information Systems Consulting and Audit Co. Ltd.) will organise field visits to important sites and offices for better understanding of Korea’s National Emergency Management Agency.

Finally, FSCD officials will develop a country action plan with an aim of developing feasible measures to apply the knowledge, technology and experience learned to their workplace.

Young-Ah Doh, County Director of KOICA, mentioned that fire is one of the most common disasters in Bangladesh especially in the urban areas, besides fire incidents, the major disaster associated with building collapses are increasing very alarmingly in Bangladesh.

In line with that KOICA financed 8.35 million US Dollars from 2016 to 2022 for the project titled “Strengthening Ability of Fire Emergency Response (SAFER)”.

Through this comprehensive support from the Republic of Korea, it is believed that Bangladesh can respond immediately to any casualties from the newly constructed Emergency Response Control Center (ERCC) which will reduce the time to respond and save the lives.