The Role of The Gambia and Avon Fire Service in Partnership (GAFSIP) is to (a) To coordinate and facilitate the shipping of donated fire, ambulance vehicles and equipment together with educational materials and spare parts as the need arises. And (b) To facilitate training visits in The Gambia and here in the UK for The Gambia Fire and Ambulance personnel. This will include ambulance crew skills, advanced medical care, airfield crash crew tactics and domestic fire fighting and management.

GAFSIP strives to assist The Gambia Fire and Ambulance Service achieve its objectives in the provision of an effective, sustainable service throughout the whole of the country, in accordance with The Gambian Government’s ambition to develop improved services to its communities.

Basic training needs have been identified in the three key areas of the Fire and Ambulance provision these are:

  1. Ambulance duties and improved emergency medical care
  2. Basic fire fighting skills incorporating updated equipment for use at emergencies
  3. Specific skills training in respect of airfield protection and response.

In order to properly support their training objectives a continuous rolling programme of specialist volunteers is needed to augment The Gambia’s own in-house training arrangements that have been put into place.

The Gambia and Avon Fire Service in Partnership (GAFSIP) will continue to collect redundant educational materials for use in The Gambia e.g. Books, appropriate IT equipment for use as specified by The Department of State for education and specific items identified by individual schools.