The County Government of Uasin Gishu on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kenya Pipeline that will see its fire personnel and other interested youths from the county trained at Morendant Institute of Oil and Gas which is based in Eldoret.
In the arrangement, County Government of Uasin Gishu through the revolving funds will sponsor the fire personnel other interested youths training in the Institute.
Speaking during the event, Governor Jackson Mandago EGH said the MoU will help enhance the capacity of the fire department as well as ensuring there is sufficient skilled manpower for the disaster management not only in Uasin Gishu but also across the North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) and parts of Western Kenya.
Mandago further said the training of its fire personnel will enable its administration to scale up inspection of buildings within the county so as to ensure they are compliant with disaster management regulations.
Morendat Institute of Oil and Gas, a subsidiary of the Kenya Pipeline has already established a school of fire that will be a centre of excellence in the region.
“We want to ensure that in future, key institutions and buildings have fire marshals and with such facility here in Eldoret, there should be no excuse for not having such an important person,” Mandago said.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu has already committed to sponsor 30 youths to join the institution in the department of fire.
Dr. Jonah Aiyabei, Director Morendat Institute of Oil and Gas who signed the MoU on behalf of the Kenya Pipeline assured that the facility will offer quality skills to students who will be enrolled.
He also noted that Uasin Gishu has been a leading county when it comes to the quality of its firefighters.
“It’s an exciting day and I wish to reiterate that this is the beginning of a new milestone. We will be working with county and want to assure that we are determined to offer unparalleled quality as a Centre of excellence to ensure whatever the skills acquired will be worth the money and time,” said Dr Aiyabei.
Education CECM Joseph Kurgat on his part said many youths are set to benefit from the institution that will also enable them to acquire technical skills.
County Executive Member Road Gideon Birir and County Attorney Stephen Lel were in attendance.