August 19, 2016

Japan grants US$135,802 for two fire engines at airports

Fire sighters demonstrate use of new fire fighting vehicle. Photo: GGP Scheme
Fire sighters demonstrate use of new fire fighting vehicle. Photo: GGP Scheme

The Japanese Government, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Scheme, has granted US$135,802 for a humanitarian assistance program “The Project for Strengthening of Fire Services on Local Airports in Myanmar”.
The handover ceremony of the project took place at the Yangon International Airport on 26th October 2015. U Han Sein, Deputy Minister for Transport, Acting Director General U Tike Aung, Ministry of Transport, Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Mr. Tateshi HIGUCHI, Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar, and Mr. Ken HARUTA, Vice President, New Kansai International Airport Company, Ltd (NKIAC) attended the ceremony.
In cooperation with NKIAC, the project is aimed to improve the airport fire-fighting facilities of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Myanmar, which is one of the natural disaster-prone countries in South-East Asia, of which fire breakouts are the most frequent. Through the project, 2 fire engines and spare tires were donated by NKIAC. The fire engines’ transportation, maintenance and maintenance training fees were covered by the GGP scheme.
It was urgently necessary to upgrade the standard of fire rescue capacity and safety in case of airport emergency at the Mawlamyine Airport in Mon State and the An Airport in Rakhine State, which have no fire engines at all. Under such conditions, the GGP scheme in cooperation with NKIAC, supported one fire engine with a 12,500-liter foam extinguishing tank to Mawlamyine Airport, and one fire engine with a 3,000-liter foam extinguishing tank to An Airport.


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