9th NOVEMBER 2008 Introduction The incidents of accidents caused by fire and other fire hazards create a great threat and a continuous danger to property and life of the citizens in different states of the world. Ruthless damages, irreversible losses and untold miseries are some of the effects brought about by fire mishaps. (Jenny, 2005), The ever-increasing number of units of chemical Industries, Oil, construction of new markets and speedy industrialization as well as Multi-storied buildings escalates day by day hazards. Industries that deal with chemicals make industrial fires and tragedies brought about by gas are real likelihood.
In this view, useful and adequate protection not only from fire but also of property and life is quite fundamental and imperative need. The departments concerned with training and working in the Fire services takes pride in being well conventional organisations in the state and contribute most considerably in the control and deterrence of hazards brought by fire by imparting the much required skills in the fire fighters. It is quite imperative to realize that the role of the fire service training department is not only restricted to fostering the fire fighting skills but it goes along way into ensuring that modern skills are used in rescuing property and life as well as offering emergency and rescue relief to the victims of natural calamities and any other disaster that may occur such as collapse of buildings, bomb blasts, explosive accidents to mention but a few.
(David, 2004)Thus such departments perform the twin task of training fire fighters as well as monitoring their performances during rescue and fire fighting operations. Being basically a service department, the prime concern of the fire fighting departments in different countries of the world is to play the sole function of rescuing property and life from destruction and damage.
Recent world’s renowned catastrophes such as Katrina, Tsunami and recent collapse of school buildings in Haiti which sparked unnecessary fires are some of the devastating occurrences that call for the consideration of the fire service training departments in countries affected by such calamities. (Bogil, 2001) The role played by the Fire fighters in such conditions can not be overemphasized. The true competence and courage of the personnel that render yeoman service in the wake of such disasters call for more than messages of congratulations.
Both the community and the media welcome the work performed by the Fire service training departments in the wake of grave dangers and emergencies in their relief and rescue operations. (Tommy, 2006), The excellent performance displayed by these departments is partly due to the planned training of colleagues or personnel in the fire services departments and partly due to expansion and modernization of the departments which enables them to systematically undertake their training with least difficulties.
The topic attracts the attention of policy makers, agencies and other stake holders because of its basic importance as the prime Disaster Management Agency which must be sufficiently equipped with modern skills and strategies to be used in the unforeseen tasks of fire fighting which are aimed at rescuing life and property.