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Military training of selected civilians underway in Irrawaddy Division

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Officials with division Fire Brigades in Burma say that one-month firefighting training courses for civilians will now include military training at the township level in Irrawaddy Division.

Firefighters work to save people trapped in a fire in Mingala Market in Rangoon in this file photograph. Selected Rangoon civilians are undergoing firefighting and basic military training. Photo: MizzimaPreviously, basic firefighting training was conducted in some areas in Irrawaddy Division each year, but this is the first year that basic military training has been included along with firefighting training.

Each village and ward is required to send three trainees between age 20-30 to a one-month basic training program.

‘The trainees have to attend a one-month course of both fire fighting and military training’, an officer in the Irrawaddy Division Fire Brigade told Mizzima. There are 100 trainees in each batch, he said, and meals and lodging are provided to the trainees.

Previously, the firefighting training was conducted by fire departments under the supervision of the divisional branch at the village tract and ward levels. This time the basic training is being conducted at the township level under the supervision of the Northwest military command.

‘The military training is basic level: how to aim, how to fire, how to crawl and how to march’, said an officer in the Fire Department.

Fellow villagers are required to pay compensation to the trainees for the time away from their workplace and other expenses at the rate of 1,000 kyat (US$ 1.14) per household.

A resident in Myaungmya Township said villagers selected the trainees from among unemployed youth.

According to the Military Service Law enacted on November 4, 2010, by the State Peace and Development Council, males between ages 18 and 35 and females between ages 18 and 27 shall be called for mandatory military service for three and two years, respectively.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 March 2011 21:53 )  

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