Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (Handing Over Ceremony of the Project for Reusing Second-hand Fire Engines in Nairobi City County)


The four fire engines which was handed over to Nairobi City County

Ambassador Uesawa and Governor Kidero shaking hands after handing over the keys to Nairobi City County

Group photo after the techinical training in Nairobi which was provided by the Japan Fire Fighters Association
Title Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for Reusing Second-hand Fire Engines in Nairobi City County
Date 23rd August 2016
Location Nairobi City Hall (City Hall Way, Nairobi)
Project Title The Project for Reusing Second-hand Fire Engines in Nairobi City County
Amount USD 66,381 (Approx. 7.3 Million Kshs)
Total of about 300 participants
Main Activity The Handing Over Ceremony of “The Project for Reusing Second-hand Fire Engines in Nairobi City County” was held at Nairobi City Hall and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.
Nairobi City County received a grant of 66,381 US Dollars (Approximately 7.3 million Kshs) to import 3 fire engines with pump and water tank and 1 chemical fire engines from Japan to be used in Nairobi City County. Technical training for handling the imported fire engines were also part of the project and 5 people from Japan Firefighters Association came to Nairobi for an 8 days training.  
During the ceremony, Ambassador Maina thanked the Japanese Government for its assistance and mentioned that Japan is well known for its efficacy in handling
disasters. Due to the fact, he expressed his hope that this kind of cooperation will be expanded to other areas of disaster management in Kenya.
Governor Kidero also appreciated the assistance that was given by the Japanese Government by explaining the situation of Nairobi by saying that “Nairobi has witnessed recurrent incidences of fire in the recent past that has led to loss of lives and property. This assistance by the Japanese Government will greatly advance our fire fighting efforts in the city in addition to the six fire engines which are all working, but the demand is higher. The new addition will help bridge the gap”.
Ambassador Uesawa responded by explaining that this is the first time the Japanese Government is funding a fire engine project in Kenya, due to the fact that by virtue of its size, the capital city has the largest number of fire disasters. Through referring to this project, he also described one of the major concepts of Japan’s assistance that the Japanese Government remain committed not just to aid and grants, but to enabling their partners to enhance their own capacities through “Technical Training”. He hoped that the 4 fire engines will increase the capacity for timely and effective response to fires and other disasters.
In closing his remarks, he wished the people happiness and prosperity.


Courtesy call at the Governor’s office
Speech by H.E. Mr. Solomon Maina,  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kenya to Japan

Speech by H.E. Dr. Evans Kidero, Governor of Nairobi City County

Speech by H.E. Mr. Toshitsugu Uesawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya

Governor Kidero test driving the fire engine with Ambassador Uesawa

Demonstration on use of the equipment

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The handing over ceremony
Japanese experts training the fire fighters in Nairobi