Fire safety training

Fire safety training

 

Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) recently held a sensitization on Disaster Risk Management.  The training was conducted by the National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU) led by Arthur Macharia (Safety and security expert).  Other facilitators included Benjamin Shamalla (Risk officer) and Caxton Kinoti (Safety and security expert).  NDMU is a government agency whose mission is to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies, manage recovery and mitigation efforts in Kenya, in collaboration with stakeholders.

The three-day training was officially opened by Prof. Charity Gichuki (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Finance and Planning) on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor.  During her opening remarks, Prof. Gichuki greatly appreciated the Security department led by Mr. Jared Maonga (Deputy Chief Security Officer) for organizing the training.  Prof. Gichuki further added that the University would ensure that trainings on security for safety of the staff, students and all the University stakeholders would be carried out regularly.

Prof. Charity Gichuki, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Finance and Planning during the Official launch of the training

Prof. Charity Gichuki, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Finance and Planning during the Official launch of the training

Some of the areas covered during the training included Counter terrorism, Disaster management, Safety and Security, Emergency evacuation, Fire safety skills, Medical intervention (Covid-19) amongst many others.  The training sessions incorporated both theoretical and practical modes of information delivery.  Participants were taken through the process of assessing and extinguishing various types of fires as well as tactics of managing an active shooter. Two hundred and fifteen (215) participants attended the training.

Mr. Maonga encouraged the participants to cascade the skills acquired from the training to all the other students and members of staff. The staff nominated from various departments and student leaders comprising the student council, delegates and class representatives representing all the programs who attended the training were urged to be good ambassadors and champions whenever incidents occur in the university so that such events and hazards do not qualify to become disastrous.

Deputy Chief Security Officer, Jared Maonga, addressing participants during the Disaster risk management training.

Deputy Chief Security Officer, Jared Maonga, addressing participants during the Disaster risk management training.

 

Here are some moments captured during the training

Here are some moments captured during the training

Here are some moments captured during the training

Here are some moments captured during the training

Here are some moments captured during the training

Here are some moments captured during the training

Here are some moments captured during the training