Nepal / USA — The United States is all set to impart a weeklong train-the-trainers forest fire management course in Hetauda from December 5 to 9.
According to the US embassy in Nepal, US Forest Service has shouldered the training responsibility at the behest of the Government of Nepal.
It is expected that about 25 participants from district forest offices, the Nepali Army and other relevant agencies will attend the programme.
The training is part of the USFS Eastern Himalayas Forests and Climate Change Programme and was developed in consultation with Nepals Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, said the embassy in a statement.
Visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alyssa Ayres, will launch the training programme in Hetauda.
In addition to classroom learning, the training will include field activities that will develop evaluation and situational awareness skills related to fireline tactics in a variety of simulations.
Forest fires are a growing hazard in Nepal with more than 60 people losing lives in forest fires across the country. It includes tragic death of 13 NA soldiers in 2009 while they were putting out a massive wildfire in western Nepal.