Over 800 rescue marshals trained to handle emergencies in Mombasa

Redcross officials at a scene during a past tragedy in Mombasa. PHOTO/FILE.

Mombasa, KENYA: The Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa branch has trained over eight hundred rescue marshals in the past one month to handle disasters that may occur within the county.

Speaking to Baraka FM on Friday, Abdalla Athman a first aid training official at the Kenya Red Cross Society branch in Mombasa, said they have been partnering closely with the county government  to ensure efficient delivery of services.

Abdalla added that they have been at the forefront as a major rescue team in Mombasa County and its environs having trained over eight hundred rescue marshals over the past one year.

“We have trained over eight hundred rescue personel in Mombasa County over the past one month. We our aim is to offer quality services to residents in Mombasa and its environs.” Abdalla said.

The official noted that most Mombasa residents are informed about the steps that they should take whenever an emergency occurs and further urged them to respond quickly to any emergency so that life and property can be evacuated from the emergency scene.

On the other hand, Henry Maina a Mombasa resident said citizens have a bigger role in ensuring that emergencies are controlled and urged the county government to respond quickly to any emergency happening within the county.

“Citizens have a role in ensuring that such emergencies are controlled. The county government should have a quick response to such incidences.” Maina said

Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is a voluntary organization operating through a network of 8 regions and 64 branches countrywide.

The Society has more than 70,000 volunteers and members who assist in implementing activities at the headquarters as well as regional and branch levels.

According to the Kenya Red Cross Society report rolled out in 2016, over 18 million people in Kenya are living in desolation due to poverty, drought, floods, poor health, malnutrition, lack of clean water & sanitation, education.