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Lagos begins recruitment of volunteers

In appreciating the critical role and contributions played by volunteers during emergencies/disasters in the State, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has called on all the volunteers willing to be involved in the assignment to officially register with the Agency.

Speaking in his Office today, the General Manager Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Michael Akindele said that people with passion for saving lives and properties should send application to for proper screening and training of such persons to ascertain their qualification and readiness for the job.

He stated that shortlisted volunteers will under-go training such as First Aid Treatment, Basic Life Support (BLS), Fire Drills to equip them with necessary training in saving lives and properties.

According to him, “emergency/disaster management requires adequate, proper training and professionalism, this is important because minor injuries if not properly attended to by competent hands could lead to complications, or rescuer without proper training could turn into victim”.

Akindele noted that since the impact of any emergency is to the grass root, it is therefore important to always kick-start emergency response from the grassroots, explaining that the trained volunteers would be added to the already inaugurated Local Emergency Management Committees in 57 Local Government and the Local Council Development Areas as well as the 750 trained Local Emergency Responders trained by the Agency last year October.

He noted that collaboration with volunteers and capacity building of Local Emergency responders would ensure prompt and adequate response during emergency/disaster, thereby improving the response time as well as reduce disaster risks at the local level.