Due to the increasing fire incidents in the North, the police are conducting community drills to equip the locals on how to tackle fires.
The Police Fire Brigade is conducting fire-fighting training for communities in northern Uganda in the wake of increasing fire breakouts.
The training in fire fighting skills, emergency responses and first aid targets youthful volunteers, communities and institutions in the region.
Dearly Byaruhanga, a fire constable heading the fire training team, said the training has been prompted by the increasing number of fires in the region.
Byaruhanga said more than 60 volunteers have so far undergone fire-fighting drills using on how to use local resources like sand and water in combating fires in Gulu, Lira and Kitgum districts.
The police fire engine truck stationed in Gulu conducts emergency fire responses in the entire Northern Uganda. Byaruhanga said their responses have often been hampered by bad roads and late information about fires.
Cue in: The training now …
Cue out: … local means basically.
In the recent past fire gutted a bookshop in central Gulu town and a cotton store as rescuers helplessly looked on. A year ago three people died in wild fires suspected to have been started by hunters in Pader district while on their way from the garden.
Before internally displaced persons returned to their villages, fires also used to regularly gut some of the camps destroying lots of property.
Aldo Obedmoth, the Area Manager for National Forestry Authority (NFA), said the body lost hundreds of hectares of pine trees estimated at over 250 million shillings to wild fires this year alone.
Obedmoth said the fires were started by hunters of wild games and unscrupulous people with ill intentions to causing losses to tree farmers.
Johnson Kilama, police spokesman for the North, said they have investigated some of the fire cases and made arrests. Kilama advised communities to give timely information to the brigade to effectively fight fires in the region.
Meanwhile, Obedmoth said the NFA has forwarded four case files of suspected arsonists linked to the fires that destroyed their pine trees in Abera, Paicho and Lalogi to the Director of Public Prosecutions for sanctioning.
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