Kabul, January 2016. The Afghan Fire and Disaster Police (FDP) are the first to fight man-made and natural disasters in Afghanistan. EUPOL’s support to the FDP in terms of providing training and education has already ended in 2014 but as an epitome of the sustainable transition process, the Estonian Government has established bilateral projects to carry on the support to FDP.
The Combined Security Transition Command (CSTC-A) and U.S. Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate (AFSAC) donated 54 Rosenbauer-Mercedes Fire Trucks to the Ministry of Interior’s General Directorate of the FDP in 2015, but the fire and disaster police required further training on how to use the fire trucks and do proper maintenance. Estonian experts Innar Malleus and Mart Käit, visited Kabul in January and trained 25 Afghan instructors who will soon be ready to train other firefighters in Kabul and all other provinces of Afghanistan.
“The Afghan firefighters are really avid for knowledge and participated the training eagerly. I’m convinced that these 25 instructors will be able to train their colleagues in a professional way”, says EUPOL Fire Marshal Jaanus Teearu who followed the training given by his colleagues and countrymen at the FDP premises.