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Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu Joins Governors under the umbrella Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) during a Health Conference Held at Kisii University Grounds on 29th and 30th March, 2017

Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) Health Conference

Governor Ongwae receives Olympian Hellen Onsando Obiri, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Silver medalist

Homecoming of Hellen Obiri

Governor Ongwae addresses county stakeholders during the county ICT consumer forum, Kikao Kikuu, organised by the CAK and Kisii County Government at the Gusii Stadium

ICT Consumer Forum

Governor James Ongwae leads residents of Kisii County in marking the 53rd Madaraka Day Celebrations at the Gusii Stadium

53rd Madaraka day celebrations

Cord leader Raila Odinga (centre) receives a figurine of a giraffe made from soapstone from Kisii Governor James Ongwae and Senator Chris Obure during the launch of the Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit (KES) 2016

KES Launch at Kisii university grounds

Kisii County Governor James Ongwae, Senator Chris Obure and Deputy Governor James Maangi during the launch of Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

KES Launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

Governor James Ongwae joins over 300 doctors drawn from Kisii and Nyamira counties under the umbrella organization Inka medics association (IMA) for dinner

Governor joins Inka Medics Association for dinner

Governor Ongwae scoops gender and disability mainstreaming award

Gender and Disability awards

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

Kisii University Vice Chanchellor Prof. Akama speaks during an e-waste management workshop in a Kisii Hotel

E-waste management workshop

Kisii County to set up a KShs.50million Disaster Management Academy

Kisii County Government will set up a KShs.50million Disaster Management Academy to enhance capacity in handling disasters.

Speaking during the opening of a five-day training on fire safety at the Kisii Agricultural Training Centre (ATC), Governor James Ongwae said plans had been finalized for the project.

He said the academy would offer training that will improve knowledge and capacity in disaster management. Experts from Minnesota State’s Fire Department, USA are leading the training. Fire fighters, enforcement officers, Sub County administrators and directors from various departments are attending the training.

"Kisii County has grown exponentially over the past few years during which time we have experienced a number of disasters ranging from fire outbreaks to collapse of buildings. We are committed to build capacity to handle such disasters and this is why we have decided to launch this academy," said the Governor.

He said funds for the project would be factored in the supplementary budget and in the financial estimates for the next financial year, 2016/2017. The County Government has already identified land to house the project and completed other modalities.

"We are collaborating with fire experts from the US so as to model our disaster management program on the best. These experts will help us develop the curriculum for comprehensive disaster management training. We target to train community leaders and responders to emergencies as well as volunteers," added Governor Ongwae.

Commander Mark Lynde asked the County to equip the fire department and decentralize fire safety services to the Sub Counties in order to reduce response time to about 4 minutes in the event of disasters.

"The Kisii Fire Department needs modern equipment including a large capacity fire engine, a portable water tank, chain saws, chop saws, hydraulic cutting tools, a small command vehicle and nine response vehicles," said Commander Lynde.

He noted that Kisii has unique challenges in disaster management citing the hilly terrain and access to sites. Governor Ongwae tasked the Chief Officer for Administration Patrick Lumumba to work with the experts on specifications fro the required tools and equipment to facilitate their purchase.

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