Friends in Disaster Risk Reduction Africa (NPC) and Fire Professions Council of Southern Africa (FPCSA) sign Memorandum of Agreement
Unity is power in the emergency services and disaster risk reduction. The 20th November 2020, marked a historic day for both Friends in Disaster Risk Reduction Africa (NPC) and Fire Professions Council of Southern Africa (FPCSA) when the two signed a memorandum of agreement to work together in driving issues of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and emergency services professionalism in Africa. Monnye said the mission of the emergency services and disaster risk reduction has always been to save lives, protect properties and the environment ; this is what all the emergency units; fire and rescue, emergency medical care, disaster risk reduction (disaster management), towing services, environmental management, veld fire fighters, hazardous material and waste management strive to achieve. The collaboration between Friends in Disaster Risk Reduction Africa (FIDRR Africa) and Fire Professions Council of Southern Africa will advance the disaster risk reduction and emergency services professions in the entire Africa by regulating practitioners, guiding service providers, supporting role players, protecting the practitioners, public service providers and careers, collaborating with others to build capacity and deal with risk in all our scope of work.
Amongst other projects the duo will incorporate universities, colleges, governments, private organisations and emergency practitioner to solve amongst others capacity challenges of unemployment and professional matters.
Fire Professions Council of Southern Africa (FPCSA) applaud Thulani Gatsha Mrhetjha, the founder of Friends in Disaster Risk Reduction Africa, for the great vision of establishing an organisation that aims to unite and address challenges faced by the continent. All emergency services practitioners in Africa should join hands with both FPCSA and FIDRR AFRICA to get tangible solutions on every matter within the emergency services profession.
Mrhetjha said, “The signing of this Memorandum of Agreement brings both organisations together to share the expert knowledge, impediments and solutions that will bring change in the entire African continent.”
The collaboration is supported by United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #17 that encourage partnership for the same goals. With this union of both organizations it is expected that more than one million jobs will be created in Africa to address unemployment and safety in the society.
FIDRR will approach leaders in every African country to introduce the concept and for support. This will open up opportunities to establish offices in every country for partnership with the local service providers on solution to the challenges affecting the masses.
This collaboration unite experts in the emergency services; disaster risk reduction and other areas to build a formidable, progressive, non-political and non-religious emergency services.
Source: Thulani Gatsha Mrhetjha, Friends in Disaster Risk Reduction Africa (NPC)