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2017-12-25 09:00
National Fire Agency turns into international disaster prevention training center
The Ministry of the Interior held the inauguration ceremony for the construction of the second phase of the National Fire Agency in Zhushan Township of Nantou County on Sept. 15, with Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) hosting the event. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Shizuoka Representative in Taiwan and the Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for Crisis Management, as well as students and teachers of Kansai University. Students of the 2016 special examination for fire fighters also presented a dynamic performance of fire drill combat dance to celebrate the inauguration. Minister Yeh noted that the National Fire Agency in Zhushan Township is the largest training center of its kind in Asia and it has trained personnel from numerous countries. In the future, the Ministry will strengthen ties and exchanges with international communities, and turn it into an all-in-one international level disaster prevention training center.

Minister Yeh pointed out that the training center is established in accordance with the provisions of article 16 of the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act. As the nation’s largest training center for fire drill and disaster prevention, it is also the largest in Asia and the third in the world. In addition to providing professional training for firemen, volunteer firemen, national army, and students of Central Police University and Taiwan Police College, it is also the venue where governments and private organizations conduct disaster prevention drill and trainings.

The second phase of the construction will be implemented next year in collaboration with public sectors. The Environmental Protection Administration will establish a training venue for chemical hazard prevention, add more virtual reality-based simulation disaster, improve the competence of the national disaster prevention, complete course planning, and enhance the overall training quality to make the National Fire Agency an all-in-one international training center for helping organize and conduct compound disaster prevention drill and training of all public sectors, stressed Minister Yeh.

According to Minister Yeh, the special examinations had recruited 700 students since last year to make up for manpower shortage of Fire Department. With 150 more students from Taiwan Police College, the training center, which has capacity of 732 people, can no longer accommodate. Moreover, the number of active fire fighters, volunteer firemen, and trainees of private sectors will also be limited. Once the construction is completed, the maximum daily capacity would increase to 1,304 people, allowing the center to train more fire and disaster-prevention personnel to reinforce the nation’s overall ability of disaster prevention.

Minister Yeh gave oration at the inauguration ceremony for the construction of the second phase of the National Fire Agency

Minister Yeh gave oration at the inauguration ceremony for the construction of the second phase of the National Fire Agency

Minister Yeh presented the Letter of Appreciation to Taiwanese architect

Minister Yeh presented the Letter of Appreciation to Taiwanese architect

Minister Yeh encouraged students of the 2016 special examination for fire with nozzle that symbolizes honor and responsibility

Minister Yeh encouraged students of the 2016 special examination for fire with nozzle that symbolizes honor and responsibility

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