FEATURED: DSPA Rwanda offers first aid and firefighting training in Rwandan workplaces | New times

DSPA Rwanda, a company specializing in fire fighting and security systems Organized a two-day training program on fire awareness and first aid training for I&M Bank staff from 25-26 August.

DSPA Rwanda offers a wide range of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, air conditioning and other sophisticated building automation systems. In addition to this, the company also provides automatic fire detection and extinguishing system, rapid response tools for firefighters and first responders, firefighting equipment, CCTV systems, access control, intrusion and fire alarm.

Fire marshal training provided by DSPA Rwanda at I&M Bank.

In order to ensure constant availability of firefighting and security equipment, the company has two showrooms and a warehouse in Kigali and will soon open two more showrooms in Ruzizi and Rubavu before the end of 2021. DSPA Rwanda has also completed the establishment of a state-of-the-art workshop for the maintenance of safety and fire-fighting equipment and the filling of extinguishers.

John Ruvugwaho, Mechanical Engineer at DSPA Rwanda, who chaired the fire awareness training, stressed how important it is to know these skills as they are always useful in the event of a fire.

“Businesses spend millions to buy and install these fire and security systems in their buildings, but you find that in a fire emergency, no one is trained to be able to use this equipment and fight the fire or reduce the risk that puts his life in danger. danger, ”he said.

DSPA Rwanda MEP engineer John Ruvugwaho, showing the intervention and operation of different mechanical systems in the building.

“As a company (DSPA R), we always perform maintenance on this fire equipment that we have installed in different companies and refill the extinguishers when necessary. It is very crucial to offer such training in order to fully equip our customers with the skills and knowledge required on how this equipment is specifically used, ”he added.

Arthur Katarebe, a first aid trainer, said everyone is vulnerable to accidents anywhere, which is why every staff member in every company should be equipped with first aid skills.

“Through these trainings, we expect the trainees to carry out interventions in the event of an emergency, which can help save the life of the person in the event of an accident,” he added.

DSPA CEO John Gatebera and staff after completing the training.

In addition to the theoretical concepts for fire awareness and first aid, the trainers also provided practical exercises on how to provide first aid in the event of an accident again on the safe use of different fire fighting equipment. against fire.

John Gatebera, CEO of DSPA Rwanda in his closing remarks asked participants to always make the workplace as safe as possible and in the event of an accident or danger, they should be able to put into practice what they want. was taught.

He also underlines that the company will continue to work with other stakeholders in this field of firefighting and rescue to provide the necessary skills and equipment to improve the capacity to fight against different risks, calamities as well as accidents and being able to assist the victims. .

DSPA Rwanda first aid trainer Arthur Katarebe demonstrates rescue and first aid methods to people in need.

“As a business, our contribution to the country is to help businesses and the general population protect themselves against the loss of their lives and property due to fire and other calamities. Through a public-private partnership, we are able to help more people by equipping them with the appropriate skills and knowledge needed to tackle such risks, ”he said.

The company has also taken an important step in promoting gender equality when women engineers are employed and participate in the installation, programming and commissioning of fire fighting and security systems. Among the trainers of the two-day training were company employees who were able to demonstrate the use of fire extinguishers to the participants.

DSPA Rwanda has subsidiaries in partner states in East Africa and recently established a branch in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of an expansion plan.

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