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Orapa hosts interfire games
12/09/16
The week of August 22-24th 2016 saw fire fighters from across the country of Botswana convening in Orapa for their Annual Inter Fire games. Fire fighters from Francistown, Jwaneng, Lobatse, South East, Gaborone, Botswana Defence Force, CAAB, Sowa, Maun, Chobe as well as the host Debswana graced the games.

Orapa hosts interfire games

The week of August 22-24th 2016 saw fire fighters from across the country of Botswana convening in Orapa for their Annual Inter Fire games. Fire fighters from Francistown, Jwaneng, Lobatse, South East, Gaborone, Botswana Defence Force, CAAB, Sowa, Maun, Chobe as well as the host Debswana graced the games.

The year 2016 is the fourth for these games whose inception was in 2013. This year the games were held under the theme, “United and proud, fire fighters saves the nation.”

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Sechele who is the Chairperson of the organising committee highlighted that the 2016 games were profound as they came in a very important year for the nation of Botswana. He further stated that it was fitting that as Batswana celebrate the golden jubilee they also need reflect on how far the fire fighting profession had come in the country.

Moreover, Mr Sechele made the audience alive to the fact that when fire fighting began in Botswana, it was just focused on fires but today the profession has adopted a host of other responsibilities and duties including provision of emergency medical assistance to victims of traffic accidents and inspection of buildings to ascertain their safety.

Also present at the ceremony was local councillor Hon. Seloi who lamented the shortage of fire stations in the Boteti region. He said this shortage often led to the unnecessary loss of property as fire fighters could not respond promptly to all calls for help. He did however relay his gratitude to the men and women of the profession who had on the previous day launched a public education campaign in the region. The fire brigades had dedicated time to educate the people of Letlhakane and surrounding villages on the prevention of fires.

The guest of honour His Excellency Masahiro Onishi, Ambassador of Japan to Botswana stated his joy and elation at being invited to such an event. He stated that this year was not only monumental in the history of Botswana but also to the diplomatic relations of Japan and Botswana which span 50 years.

The Government of Japan under the Embassy of Japan in Botswana has donated 6 fire engines and 2 ambulances to Botswana so far in support of the Department.

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