Thirty-three trainee firefighters trained by Belemaoil Producing limited, an indigenous oil company based in Port Harcourt, in basic firefighting techniques have been presented with their certificates by the management after three weeks intensive training.
Preceeding the presentation of certificates, selected trainee firefighters performed fire drills at the Abuloma Jetty where firefighting skills were displayed with their trainer,Mr. Gary Eve, a Canadian the Chief Firefighting Officer.
Mr Gary Eve who reviewed the performance of the firefighters during the training and the fire drills said the the trainees had performed within the acceptable international basic fire fighting standards.
At the presentation ceremony,Mrs Rosemary Asiegbu, the Executive Vice President/Administration and Human Resources, who spoke on behalf of the founder of the company, Ken Jackrich Jr., commended the firefighters for their doggedness in ensuring that they pulled through the intensive training that they equipped them the skills of saving lives and properties.
She informed the that for chosing firefighting, Belemaoil company has given them a life time opportunity of saving lives in times of emergency even while putting their own lives at risk.
“You have chosen a career that will make people regard you as heroes.We are first indigenous oil company to implement our Health, Safety and Environment, HSE, that will impact on not only our immediate host communities but any part of the state where there fire disaster.”
She assured the 33 firefighters that the company invested enormous human and material resources in training and empowering them because of the vital need to save lives in the work place and its environs. She assured that the firefighters would respond to the needs of the people within the state.
After the presentation of certificates to the firefighters, one of the Graduands, Mr Gibson Okuruma, who spoke on behalf of other,s praised Belemaoil company for finding them worthy to be trained through a transparent selection process without bias.
He assured the company that they would put the skills acquired through intensive training to works to save lives but pleaded that the management should sponsor more training for them to attain the next level.