Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe attended and addressed the 72nd Myanmar Fire Service Day celebration held at the parade ground of the Myanmar Fire Service Department headquarters at Oat Pone Sate Road, Mayangon Township, Yangon Region yesterday morning.
At the event, the Union Minister for Home Affairs conferred the Ye Bala title to two personnel, the Ye Thurein title to one personnel and the Ye Kyawthu title to five personnel.
In his speech at the event, the Union Minister said it had been 72 years since the fire service was started as a force conducting social service, and now its personnel were serving with a strong belief of protecting the country and the people. The event is held with the aim of ensuring the present service personnel remember and honour the incomparable value, motivation, dedication, sacrifice and spirit of the personnel of the past. The Myanmar Fire Service Department was formed to protect the lives and properties of the people in the country from fires and natural disasters. As the country develops, balanced training and preparation with the three fundamentals of manpower, support materials and technologies need to be conducted against dangers in the form of natural disasters, chemical, biological and radioactive materials. With a view to preparing for the future, the organisation and capabilities of the Fire Service Department were expanded and more equipment and machinery were added. To provide the best service to the people with added forces, it is most important to prepare and practice with the latest technology and knowledge. As the capabilities of every Fire Service Department personnel affects the safety of the people, as well as the construction of the nation, they need to train and develop their capabilities, said the Union Minister.
After the parading companies and fire engines marched past the Union Minister, a “Brave Heart” competition to test individual capability, team search and rescue “Rip-it-off” competition for car accidents, demonstration of fire engines and equipment from Poland and company-level earthquake search-and-rescue demonstrations were conducted.
The Union Minister and his wife then presented awards to personnel who took part in the parade. Later, the Union Minister and guests viewed the modern firefighting equipment displayed at the exhibition.
The Myanmar Fire Service Day celebration was attended by Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe and his wife, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye, Deputy Ministers, heads, senior officials and personnel of forces and departments under the Ministry of Home Affairs, members of Myanmar Veterans’ Organisation and Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association, donors, artistes and invited guests.
Following the celebration, the document of honour and prize presenting ceremony were held at the Myanmar Fire Service Department headquarters at Thida Hall. Myanmar Fire Service Department Director General and senior officers presented awards to winners of the Brave Heart and Rip-it-off competitions, best company awards to parading companies at the 72nd Myanmar Fire Service Day parade, model fire station award and many other awards and documents of honour, it is learnt.
Myanmar Fire Service Department