2 September 2013
TWENTY-TWO PARK RANGERS PASS-OUT IN THE SECOND PHASE OF THE RAPID RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING
Director General of TANAPA Allan Kijazi has said that TANAPA will work closely with various stakeholders in the country in ensuring that poaching crisis is eliminated. Kijazi said this during the pass out parade of the second phase of the Rapid Response Team training in Ruaha National Park over the weekend.
Kijazi said TANAPA has established a Rapid Response Team with a focus of prompt dealing with poaching incidences in the parks. He said that RRT is a specialized team of well-trained and specialized personnel on law enforcement with high level of discipline, motivation and morale who will react to criminal situations in the parks immediately they are reported. “The team is expected to be proactive with proper planning for crisis, threat assessment and establish counter actions,” said Kijazi.
The six weeks training involved 29 park rangers but only 22 managed to make it to the end and they were trained and assessed in operational proficiency pertaining to tactical techniques. The course was based on availing technical and tactical skills pertaining to protection of resources in the parks. The rangers were also taught to adhere to punctuality and effectiveness as key issues on maintaining their discipline.
Other areas of interest, which were imparted to the rangers, include stripping and assembling of firearms; safety precautions while using firearms, firing exercises and section battle drills.
Having been empowered with the skills, RRT rangers will then be ready to perform their day-to-day duties of dealing with poachers in an effective and efficient manner.
The rangers were observed and given chances to demonstrate their skills shall be applied in their place of work. Their responses to situational performance such as shooting drills were observed firmly. Strongly and on the spot rectifications were done in terms of instant teaching and group discussion set up.
TANAPA and the African Field Ranger Training Services of South Africa conducted the training jointly.