The National Police has signed Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Zhong Guo Yi Zhou Investment Company on supplying specialised firefighting equipment to the Fire and Rescue Police Department and training its officers for 20 years.
Lieutenant General Sek Phoumi, National Police deputy chief and Zhao Yong, chairman of the company’s board of directors, on Friday signed the agreement during a ceremony at the National Police headquarters.
Lt Gen Phoumi said at the ceremony that the Chinese company will provide advice on fire prevention methods in addition to supplying the equipment.
“We believe that with this MoU, Zhong Guo Yi Zhou Investment Company will become an important partner in importing quality extinguishers and designing fire equipment for key targets in accordance with well-known standards,” he noted.
Mr Zhao noted at the ceremony that all countries pay strict attention to fire prevention.
“Both parties have to cooperate to enhance the Fire and Rescue Police Department’s capability to prevent and fight fires,” he said.
Major General Neth Vantha, director of the Interior Ministry’s Fire Police Department, yesterday said that the company will also help to check on fire safety measures at construction projects.
“All constructions are required to have fire prevention and control systems,” he noted. “The company will provide experts to train our officials to carry out checks, and plan fire prevention and control strategies, including using sophisticated equipment.”
Maj Gen Vantha said that so far this year, there were 717 fires in the Kingdom, an increase of 183 cases compared with last year.
He noted that 17 people died, nearly 100 were injured and more than 800 properties were destroyed this year.