Fire Officers in St. Kitts-Nevis Sharpen Emergency Response Techniques
40 First responders with the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services (SKNFRS) are sharpening their response to emergencies during a two-day Incident Command System (ICS) workshop being held at the department of agriculture conference room from August 22 and 23.
ICS is a systematic tool that is used for command, control and coordination of emergency responses. It allows responders to adopt integrated organizational structures that meet the complex demands of incidents and also facilitates the proper deployment of manpower and the specific responsibilities to manage day to day operations for a variety of emergencies.
At an opening ceremony on Wednesday, course facilitator fire sub-station officer II, Davron Clarke, highlighted the value of the ICS System to the work of the men and women of the SKNFRS.
The ICS training is in keeping with the SKNFRS action plan for 2018, which is geared towards the training and development of all fire officers.
Chief Fire Officer, Everette O’garro, noted that the timing of the training is quite appropriate given that September is just a few days away and it marks the peak period of the annual Atlantic hurricane season.
The fire chief credited the SKNFRS in-service training team for its expertise in coordinating the workshop as efforts continue to “enhance and improve our response to emergencies and disasters.”