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News

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.

A group photo with the guest of honor

A group photo with the guest of honor

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.

Director General of TANAPA Allan Kijazi addressing Park Rangers who passed out the second phase of RRT training in Ruaha NP

Director General of TANAPA Allan Kijazi addressing Park Rangers who passed out the second phase of RRT training in Ruaha NP

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.

General of TANAPA Allan Kijazi inspecting a parade of the park rangers who attended the second phase of RRT training in Ruaha NP

General of TANAPA Allan Kijazi inspecting a parade of the park rangers who attended the second phase of RRT training in Ruaha NP

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.

Martin Loibooki who is the Director of Resources Conservation (right) with Commander Venance Tossi

Martin Loibooki who is the Director of Resources Conservation (right) with Commander Venance Tossi

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.

Rapid Response Team taking their oath of allegiance before the guest of honor during their pass out parade in Ruaha National Park

Rapid Response Team taking their oath of allegiance before the guest of honor during their pass out parade in Ruaha National Park

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.

RRT demonstrates on how to approach poachers in the field

RRT demonstrates on how to approach poachers in the field

TANAPA's Director of Resources Conservation and Ecological Monitoring Martin Loibooki give out welcoming remarks to Director General Allan Kijazi

TANAPA's Director of Resources Conservation and Ecological Monitoring Martin Loibooki give out welcoming remarks to Director General Allan Kijazi

Trainers Genes Shayo and Martin Mthembu showing guest of honor how the target was hit by the RRT

Trainers Genes Shayo and Martin Mthembu showing guest of honor how the target was hit by the RRT

Wardens from TANAPA watching attentively progress of the event. They are from left Dr. Christopher Timbuka, John Shemkunde, Mtango Mtahiko and Godwell Meing'ataki.

Wardens from TANAPA watching attentively progress of the event. They are from left Dr. Christopher Timbuka, John Shemkunde, Mtango Mtahiko and Godwell Meing'ataki.