100 Khet Udomsak residents train as civil defense volunteers

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One hundred Khet Udomsak residents underwent training to become the city’s latest civil defense volunteers.

Sattahip District Chief Chaichan Iamcharoen opened the three-day course at Khet Udomsak City Hall Aug. 17. Training focused on the roles and responsibilities of civil defense volunteer squads, which were created by the Interior Ministry with the goal of getting 1 out of 50 Thai nationals to train how to assist police and rescue officials during disasters.

Deputy Mayor Suphachai Nimanong said the city has trained four generations of volunteers for a total of 269. Some current volunteers joined in this month’s program to get some retraining.

Sattahip District Chief Chaichan Iamcharoen (left) addresses the city’s latest civil defense volunteer trainees. Sattahip District Chief Chaichan Iamcharoen (left) addresses the city’s latest civil defense volunteer trainees.

Prospective volunteers did both theoretical and practical exams and heard lectures from officials including Chonburi Council member Thaweesuk Nimanong and representative from the Division of Public Health and Environment and Royal Thai Marine Corps.

Chaichan said Thailand has faced an increasing number of natural and man-made disasters so it was important for the government to get out the message that public officials cannot handle every situation themselves and that the country needs qualified, trained volunteers to assist in some circumstances.