Senators commend RNP’s preparedness against disasters
Members of the senatorial Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security, yesterday, held a meeting with Rwanda National Police (RNP) leadership on matters related to the force’s readiness against disasters.
The senators headed by the committee chairman, Senator Michael Rugema were received by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza. Present was also the Deputy Inspector General (DIGP) in charge of Operations, Felix Namuhoranye.
IGP Munyuza said that RNP continues to build its capacity in terms of skills and acquisition of hi-tech disaster response equipment.
He, however, added that as RNP continues to acquire more equipment, it has also strengthened its awareness and training of different groups of the public on prevention and use of basic disaster response gadgets as the “immediate remedy.”
Currently, RNP boosts of at least 16 firefighting trucks deployed at the provincial level and in the City of Kigali. Others include crane and earth mover trucks, 28 marine boats deployed in all inland lakes as well as other basic tools.
The crane truck has capacity to rescue people trapped in about 50 metre-building.
“Disaster response and prevention require effective planning and well organized mechanisms, and Police is part of the national disaster management committee where all institutional efforts are coordinated to ensure efficient readiness and response in case of need,” IGP Munyuza said.
In its presentation to the senators, the force highlighted that it has conducted contingency exercises to respond in case of emergencies like volcanic eruption, Ebola outbreak, plane crash, fire outbreak and mass migration.
Common disasters in the country include landslides, fire outbreak, collapse of mining concessions, floods, heavy winds leading to destruction of houses, drowning and road accidents.
IGP Munyuza observed that RNP continues to reinforce its Fire and Rescue Brigade by acquiring more modern equipment, with plans to have firefighting trucks and other gadgets stationed at the district level and covering all border posts.
Currently, firefighting trucks are deployed at the regional level. The force, however, disclosed that it is in the process of adding six other firefighting trucks to its fleet.
Living in high risk zones, illegal mining and fishing as well as old or substandard infrastructures were highlighted as other risks to loss of lives.
Senator Rugema commended RNP for continuing to build its capacity.
“In the last two years we have experienced disasters and lost hundreds of people in Rwanda like never before,” Senator Rugema said, adding: “ This set the torn for institutions responsible to walk the talk. We understand the issue of limited resources our country faces and we feel Rwanda National Police has taken the best direction of raising awareness as the best immediate option.”
RNP has so far trained more than 200, 000 people on fire prevention and how to use different traditional methods and firefighting gadgets, and inspected over 1, 200 public and private facilities.