Top UK firefighters in Byo

BULAWAYO - A team of fire-fighters from the United Kingdom is in the country to train officers in the fire and ambulance services.

The 22-member strong foreign delegation going by the code name ‘‘Operation Florian Team’’, is led by veteran fire fighter Tony Burscough.

It is set to take local participants through a three-week intensive training on fire and rescue operations in the second largest city.

Operation Florian is an international humanitarian organisation providing fire engines, equipment and training to the developing world so as to save lives from fires and disasters.

Speaking during a welcome reception organised by the Bulawayo City Council on Monday evening, Mayor Thaba Moyo said the visit by the team was laudable.

“This is a great achievement for the nation as we seek to enhance and resuscitate emergency services in our country,” Moyo said.

“The transfer of relevant skills and exposure to modern technology during training will undoubtedly go a long way towards improving the responsiveness and efficiency of emergency services in Zimbabwe.”

Delegates from local authorities like Harare, Gweru, Mutare, Masvingo, Plumtree, Gwanda, Victoria Falls and Zvishavane are also part of the three-week long programme.

After the training programme, ‘‘Operation Florian Team’’ will hand over six vehicles, which include four water tenders, one turntable ladder and one dual purpose emergency tender.

In addition to that, an assortment of rescue, fire fighting, protective equipment will also be availed to the city.

However, some of the equipment will be handed over to four other local authorities so as to enhance their responsiveness and affectivity to emergency services.

From previous visits, the city of Bulawayo received nine fire tenders and some crucial protective equipment.

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