Disaster Trainings for 5000 Citizens in Mumbai

May 20, 2013

Fire Fighting Trainings of women in Mumbai Slums

Women Learning Fire Fighting
Women Learning Fire Fighting

Capacity Building Training of Women's Group for Fire Fighting

With the vision in mind of preparing citizens for situations of disasters, United Way of Mumbai has been facilitating first responder training programs for various city stakeholders. As part of this endeavor, Fire fighting training was organized for the women groups of slum communities of Andheri, a suburb in the city of Mumbai. Slum settlements consist of semi structured houses built with the use of raw material, plastics, wood.  Such settlements have minimal space and are vulnerable to hazards of frequently occurring fire incidents. Hence it is imperative to train and prepare key stakeholders such as women (who are usually the first responders to such incidents) of these communities in fire fighting.

40 women went through Fire fighting Training program and learnt about basic aspects of fire Safety. Training also helped them understand different strategies to fight fire by using available material at home such as rice, soap etc. Participants also had hands on experience of using of fire extinguishers.


First Responder Training of Youth Group for Disaster Response 

United Way of Mumbai aims to channelize the youth power for safer and better communities in the city of Mumbai. As part of this 50 college youth from M L Dahanukar College, were trained as First Responder in times of disasters. Inputs were given on different types of disasters, preventive measures and ways to handle situation in times of disasters. It was an interactive session wherein participants shared their experiences and actions they take in times of disasters. This helped the youth to understand the role that they can play first responders in times of crisis.


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Project Leader

Jayanti Shukla

Mumbai, Maharashtra India

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