In partnership with the Mount Kenya Trust, the Laikipia Forum organized a four-day Ranger Life Saver Training for the ILMAMUSI Community Forest Association Rangers.
The training was geared towards equipping these rangers with the necessary skills to ensure no casualties in their line of duty.
A survey conducted in 2020 established that up to 120 African rangers had lost their lives. Eighty-nine of these were Kenyans.
The MKT trainers took the rangers through the various aspects of injury, including:
- Gunshot injuries
- Wild animal conflict
- Car accidents
- Confrontation with criminals
- Snake Bites
This was supplemented with theoretical lessons on the essential components of a first aid kit and how each of these components can handle various injuries, the guiding principles of first aid, and requirements of a first responder.
The training also included rigorous practical sessions involving rangers simulating real-life situations, such as a simple blood sweep (checking for serious bleeding) to handle severe injuries.
The training culminated in practical assessments, and this will be followed by a repeat training session in January, after which these rangers will be issued with certificates.
The Laikipia Forum will continue to work with the Conservancy to ensure that it provides the rangers with the necessary skills and knowledge to assist them in their endeavors to protect our natural resources, safely and securely.
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