Namibia: Volunteers Become Certified Firemen

Namibia: Volunteers Become Certified Firemen

 24 October 2007

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Namibia — The N/a’an ku se Guest Lodge & WildlifeSanctuary outside Windhoek has received a fire truck from the United Kingdom.

The truck was donated by the International Fire &Rescue Association, which helps charity organisations all over the world tobecome voluntary firefighters in order to aid conservation of land and wildlife.

The lodge paid the costs of shipping the 1956 Bedford firetruck to Walvis Bay. It also accommodated two officials of the London FireBrigade who visited Namibia for a week to train volunteer firefighters. DavidKay, the Director of the London Fire Brigade, and colleague James MacDonaldtrained three San lodge workers and two volunteers from the N/a’an ku sêwildlife volunteer programme. The five Namibians are now certified to offertheir assistance to any fire brigade across the world. The N/a’an ku sêVoluntary Fire Brigade will not only be safeguarding the lodge’s land andwildlife, but will also help farmers in the area to fight veld fires.

Continued training drills once a week will ensure that thevolunteer fire-fighting unit can be extended.

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