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Brazilian government donates fire fighting gear
Date Published: 12 Jun, 2012
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) received a donation of firefighting equipments from the Federative Republic of Brazil as a collaborative effort in curbing wildfires in the country.
The donation which was officially handed over to KWS by The Brazilian Ambassador to Kenya, Her Excellency Ana Maria Sampaio Fernandes on June 6, 2012. This comes after Mt. Kenya and Aberdares National Park lost extensive vegetation due to fires in March this year. The equipments which included pickup truck firefighting sets, fire swatters, flexible backpacks, uniforms, flexible tanks and many other assorted fire fighting gear.
The Government of Kenya signed the initial basic technical agreement with Republic of Brazil in February 1973. This was followed by a complimentary agreement to the agreement on technical cooperation in August 2008. Arising from this Agreement, KWS singed a specific Agreement with Brazil on Institutional Strengthening of KWS, the City Council of Nairobi Fire Brigade and the Kenya Airports Authority Fire and Rescue Services’ in November 2009.
The Agreement among other areas was to cover; Joint training on Incident Command System(ICS), training of KWS brass band into an orchestra, management of bush fires, training on mountain search and rescue, training on marine rescue techniques and support on lifeguard stations.
The Brazilian Agency for International Cooperation under the Ministry of External Affairs provided financial support to the training experts and equipment under this Agreement. The Phase One of the Agreement was to run between 2010 and 2011. KWS so far has received some equipment to support the Marine Rescue operations and the lot received recently is geared to supporting bush fire fighting. Some of the items will be deployed to fire prone parks.