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National Police launches fire training course

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Firefighters battle a blaze in the capital. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Police has launched a training course on how to combat fire and rescue victims in order to increase safety for firefighters.

A National Police report shows that in the first ten months of this year, 430 fires killed 22 people and injured 75.

The training course, which began yesterday, is to be held for five days with the inclusion of 17 trainees from provincial and municipal fire departments.

Eng Vanthy, deputy director of the National Police’s central and public order department, said the government is attempting to address the issue of disaster management.

Mr Vanthy said that the National Police will help strengthen fire prevention, control and firefighting measures by organising training courses, disseminating information and improving firefighting techniques.

He added that the National Police will also train local volunteers in villages and communes in order to increase their firefighting ability.

“Fires have seriously affected people’s physical and mental health,” Mr Vanthy said. “Fires have also damaged lives, properties and the environment.”

In a report published yesterday, the National Police said that during the first ten months of the year 405 houses were damaged by fire, along with 23 pagoda lodgings, 45 cars and 85 motorbikes and bicycles.

An early morning fire in Phnom Penh yesterday destroyed a warehouse in Veal Vong district.

Prom Yorn, director of the municipal fire department, said that the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction and destroyed $200,000 worth of properties.

Mr Yorn said that people must be more vigilant as the dry season approaches.

“People, please pay attention and be more careful about fires, especially when it comes to highly flammable devices such as candles and incense,” he said. “You have to know how to escape from fires and how to use a fire extinguisher.”

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