By Reuben Olita
The county Government of Busia will involve the Kenya Police Service in enforcing joint emergency operations considering the high number of casualties occasioned by road accidents especially through boda boda riders.
Chief Officer in the office of the Governor in charge of disaster management and security and enforcement, Ezekiel Okwach has said the next emergency operation will be real, thus the need to involve the police in the execise aimed at making the trained staff equip themselves with requisite skills.
The chief officer said the emergency drill accorded to selected county staff will help mitigate issues including fires and accidents, telling over 20 benefiaries to take advantage of the exercise to help address emergency issues.
“This kind of drill is not going to be the last. We are gping to consolidate our cooperation to ensure more staff are trained on emergency skills that will help save lives.
“The next emergency skills will be real and will be done on the highway. Quick intervention on matterrs accidents is our cardinal rule which needs concerted efforts of all county residents,” he said.
The chief officer’s remarks were followed by a fuel tanker explosion incident in Malaba on the same day where he directed immediate rescue operations by the County fire engine and trained emergency team to the border town to rescue the situation.
Trainer Dr Eric Owuor from KRC headquarters thanked the trainees for putting what they did into practice and for being responsive by handling critical area areass which entails responsive and unresponsive casualties.
“In an incident scenerio people who have developed responsive symptoms like heart attack and lying on the scene should be attended first in a bid to resuscitate them. Next are people who are breathing and they cannot talk where first aiders check their airways, breathing and circulation of blood.
Senior Superitendent County Security and Enforcement, Titus Opili thanked the Chief Officer for according officers from the two directorates an opportunity to undergo training and become pioneer County response team.
” You should take advantage of this kind gesture to put what you have learnt into practice to enable you address to emergencies that occur in the county,” he said, terming the occasion as historic.
Kenya Red Cross led in training the officers with Save Our Souls (SoS) Children’s Villages Kenya financing the program.