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Refresher Course in Firefighting at Uganda’s Kasubi Tombs World Heritage site

Participants in the refresher course on firefighting organized at the Tombs of the Buganda Kings at Kasubi World Heritage property on 9 November 2021 ©Denis Lukwago

Following the firefighting training organized last year on 7 December 2020 for local communities and site management at the Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi World Heritage site in Uganda, the Ugandan Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Department of Museums and Monuments organized a refresher course for around 40 participants on 9 November 2021, which was led by the site management authorities. The course covered the following topics:

  • Quick response to fire out-break at the site;
  • Training youth and women living on site how to use the fire hose reel as a team;
  • Connecting the hose reel to the generator;
  • Emergency fire exits;
  • Rescuing items.

The refresher course, which included the participation of 23 youth and 15 women, was part of an ongoing UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund (HEF) project for “Post-fire emergency assistance for the World Heritage property of the Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi, Uganda” following a fire that broke out on 5 June 2020. The project also supported the development and finalization of a disaster risk management plan for the site, and aims to contribute some of the essential equipment required for a comprehensive firefighting system at the site.

This refresher course was effective in reminding local communities living in the World Heritage site how to use some of the basic firefighting equipment as well as the procedures to follow for fire prevention and management as specified in our newly completed Disaster Risk Management Plan,” said Mr. Dennis Lukwago, site manager of the Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi World Heritage property, who led the training alongside representatives of Uganda Police and Fire Departments.

The Department of Museums and Monuments is pleased to see the sustainability of the capacity building activities carried-out at the Kasubi Tombs World Heritage site in Danger with support from the UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund,” said Ms. Rose Mwanja, Commissioner for Museums and Monuments.

The Donors to the UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund include the Qatar Fund for Development, the Kingdom of Norway, the Government of Canada, ANA Holdings Inc., the Principality of Monaco, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Estonia, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Slovak Republic, the Principality of Andorra, and the Republic of Serbia.

For more information on the UNESCO Heritage Emergency Funds:  https://en.unesco.org/themes/protecting-our-heritage-and-fostering-creativity/emergencyfund2