Forest fires devastate large amounts of peat forest in Indonesia on a yearly basis. While it would be almost impossible to prevent all fires in Indonesia, Asian Agri, which forms a part of the Royal Golden Eagle group of companies founded by entrepreneur Sukanto Tanoto, along with multiple non-profit organisations and state authorities are working non-stop to prevent forest and land fires.
Asian Agri, founded by Sukanto Tanoto, has taken large steps to prevent forest and land fires in collaboration with Fire Free Alliance (FFA) and the APRIL and Asian Agri initiated Fire Free Village Program (FFVP). The fire prevention initiatives of APRIL, which also forms part of RGE, and Asian Agri represent the four C’s philosophy of founder and chairman of RGE, Sukanto Tanoto and the RGE group of companies.
The newest collaboration initiated by Asian Agri to improve the training for forest fire prevention is with GAPKI Riau (as facilitator) and the Training Centre of Environment and Forestry (as educator).
Forest Fire Prevention Training
During Indonesia’s rainy season the teams of fire fighters and volunteers practise drills, exercise, train and visit rural villages to spread knowledge on fire prevention and firefighting, so that when the dry season inevitably comes, the teams are ready to perform their duties as efficiently as possible. These duties are not only to extinguish existing fires, but include routine patrols and monitoring high risk areas.
The rainy season training consists of up to 52 hours of lessons at the Training Centre for Environment and Forests, as well as 3 days of practical lessons in the village of Lubuk Ogong, Tambak.
During their training participants learn the basic skills needed to: use a GPS-based Android, execute fire patrol, inform the public about fire safety and prevention and participate in carefully controlled fire simulations.
Mahfud, one of the trainees who had participated in the event, is of the opinion that if more companies would be as concerned about the environment and became as involved in fire prevention efforts as Asian Agri is, that forest and land fires would undoubtedly be reduced even more, as this year the efforts from FFA and FFVP have already made a large difference.
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