Yuletide: NEMA trains executive volunteers on disaster management

Yuletide: NEMA trains executive volunteers on disaster management

By Ruth Oketunde, Abuja.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Abuja Operations Office, has trained no fewer than 40 executive volunteers on how to mitigate disasters during the Yuletide season.


Mr Justin Uwazuruonye, Head, NEMA, Abuja Operations Office, said that the trainees were being coopted into emergency management as part of the agency’s strategies to ensure swift response during disasters.


“This training and interactive session is for the executive volunteers to get acquainted with the basic use of our equipment and get them ready, as we kick-start our annual ‘Operation Eagle Eye’.


“We will be taking them through on the use of the Incidence Response Van and its equipment, and they will also familiarize themselves with other search-and-rescue equipment.


“Practical safety tips at workplace and the application of basic first aid are part of what the volunteers would be taken on.


“This training is necessary because at this time of the year when we usually experience large movement of people, support from other agencies and volunteers is very necessary.


“They will also be trained to assist us in ensuring that there is free flow of traffic,” he said.


The training had in attendance, volunteers from the medical profession and government agencies, among others.


In a related development, NEMA Abuja Operations Office, has deployed its personnel to man roads leading into and going out of the nation’s capital.


Uwazuruonye said that the exercise was being carried out in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the oolice, VIO, NURTW, FEMA, among others.

“The personnel have been deployed to Giri-Gwagwalada axis, Airport Road, Nyanya-Kugbo-Mararaba axis.


“This is being done to ensure the smooth flow of traffic during the festive celebrations and to also complement the efforts of the FRSC.


“This programme will continue during the New Year celebrations.


“We have already deployed mobile intensive care unit ambulances for life support, rapid response vans with extricating equipment and experienced personnel throughout the exercise,” he added.

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