KARONGA DIOCESE

Chitipa Filling Station Fuel Attendants Attain Fire Fighting Skills

Chitipa Filling Station Fuel Attendants Attain Fire Fighting Skills
Fuel attendant practicing the use of fire extinguisher

By
Stephano Nkhata

The Diocese of Karonga has trained fuel attendants at
her Chitipa Filling Station on how to use handheld fire extinguishers to stop
fire in case it occurs at the site. This day long training took place at the
newly upgraded filling station in Chitipa.

In his explanation, the facilitator of the training Mr
Joseph Malele, an employee of the Airport Development Limited (ADL) in Malawi
said, fire usually starts with a spark – a wisp smoke that spreads with dramatic
speed sending your office, factory, garage, school, hospital, warehouse, house and
even your life up in smoke.

“Every day at home at work, fire kills and injures
thousands of people, causing pain and suffering; destroys property causing
financial loss leading to hardship and distress for many people,”

“Fire drives organizations and companies out of
business, putting many out of work and yet most fires can be prevented,” said
Malele

Diocesan filling station attendants have been trained
on how to quickly put out fires in the event of such occurrence. Being at the
retail filling station site, lives and property are at risk of catching fire
one day. The training has provided insight into many important areas.

Some of the notable areas covered were; classification
of fires, fire extinguishers colour code, combustion, principles of fire
extinction, operation of fire extinguisher, fire protection and prevention and how
different firefighting media extinguish fires. This included their advantages,
disadvantages.

According to his explanation, it was clear that fire is caused by either of the following: carelessness, ignorance and accident. The team is now geared to work towards the prevention of fires at the site.

Pictures below show fuel attendants at the site during demonstrations which were conducted about 200 metres from the filling station.

Joseph Malele setting an old tyre on fire for demonstration on the day
Joseph Malele setting an old tyre on fire for demonstration on the day

Fuel attendant practicing the use of fire extinguisher
Fuel attendant practicing the use of fire extinguisher

Fire put out using handheld fire extinguisher during demonstrations
Fire put out using handheld fire extinguisher during demonstrations

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