Commando forest fighting training certificates

17 Jun 2011

 In cooperation with the Directorate General of the  Civil Defense and the Lebanese Army Forces, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the French Embassy are organizing a ceremony to distribute certificates to the Civil Defense trainees after completing the Commando Forest Fire Fighting training on Friday 17th of June.

The ceremony took place at the army air force base in the airport and was attended by General Rafic Haddad representing the Commander in Chief of the Lebanese Army General Jean Kahwaji, the Interior Affairs Attaché of the French Embassy Commissaire Marc Pasotti, the Head of Operations of the Civil Defense Mr. Georges Abou Moussa, the Manager of UNDP’s Governance Program Dr. Hassan Krayem and the Manager of UNDP’s Civil Defense project Mrs. Ariane Elmas. 

In two weeks, French experts trained 18 members from the Civil Defense on the techniques of commando forest fire fighting. This training aimed at building the capacity of both the Civil Defense and the Lebanese Army to fight fire in extremely rugged mountainous areas non-reachable by land transport.

Based on the success of last year’s training, the Civil Defense and the Lebanese Army requested another training session. Furthermore, the Lebanese Army officially recommended the adoption of this technique due to its efficacy to control the fire and its cost effectiveness in terms of fuel and water. 

On Thursday June 16th 2011, the Civil Defense and the Lebanese Army applied the newly learned commando forest fire fight techniques during a simulation in Ammik- Bekaa region.