GMAC provides factories with hands-on firefighting training

On Friday, GMAC staff are conducting factory fire suppression training. GMAC

The Garment Manufacturing Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has provided firefighting training to staff at its factories and member companies.

The training, including a hands-on drill on March 11, which GMAC said was key to preparing personnel for the actual incident. The training is a bi-annual event, held at the Cambodian Garment Training Institute.

Through this training, GMAC said attendees learned how to evacuate personnel and what to do in the event of a fire.

Kaing Monika, deputy general secretary of GMAC, said the training is conducted in accordance with labor laws relating to fire safety.

“Training on how to put out a fire is the responsibility of large factory owners – knowing what to do in the event of a fire is a skill that could come in handy,” he said.

Cambodian Confederation of Labor President Ath Thon said this type of training will help participants acquire skills that they could pass on to their colleagues.

“It’s the hot season now, when factories are often susceptible to fires started by electrical malfunction or other causes.

“Factories sometimes struggle to find experts to train their staff. If GMAC offers this education to plant representatives ¬– and attendees share the lessons widely – that’s a good idea,” he said.

Thon noted that there have been several instances of factory fires, most of which were caused by electrical malfunctions. He called on factories to work with qualified electricians and electrical engineers when dealing with electricity. They must not carry out electrical work on their own, he warned.

Neth Vantha, director of the Home Office’s fire department, told the Post on March 13 that his staff are working hard on preventing fires this dry season and raising awareness of the laws surrounding fire safety.

“We remind the public to ensure they have sufficient firefighting equipment in the event of a fire,” he said, adding that he had also ordered his units to be on high alert and ready to react to such incidents.

According to firefighters, in 2021 there were a total of 670 serious fires, a decrease of 267 cases compared to the previous year. The 2021 incidents left 18 dead, injured 35, and destroyed 472 homes and 220 food stalls.

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