FORTY officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Fire and Rescue Service are currently undertaking self-contain breathing apparatus (SCBA) training at the smoke cell training facility at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara.
“This training is to train firefighters on how to use breathing apparatus inside any smoked environment,” says Director Fire and Rescue Services, Superintendent Rodney Kuma.
“This is the first time such training is being taken by the RSIPF fire officers in a proper controlled environment.
“This is the second training activity under a 10-week training program that started two weeks ago.
“Two instructors from Fire and Rescue New South Wales are conducting the training which is funded by the Australian Government funded Solomon Islands Police Development Program (SIPDP).”
Fire instructor, Robert Ferguson from Fire and Rescue New South Wales says, “I am honoured to train these officers in providing basic skills. Now it’s up to them to put them into practice.
“There have been other trainings in the past and I can say that there has been a big improvement in the RSIPF Fire and Rescue Service but we always have to learn.
“The basic skills have been given to them and they are very good. They just need to practice them because they have a very important job in the community. That’s what the communities are expecting from us.”
Kuma said, “I want to thank New South Wales Fire and Rescue and SIPDP, and our Fire Advisor for their continuous support in providing instructors to conduct such training for the RSIPF Fire and Rescue Service.”