Base Commander, Laikipia Air Base, Brigadier Mohamud Farah today, led the Base as it began the Annual Safety Awareness Week Programme, themed ‘Our Safety, Our Responsibility.’ The event is scheduled to take place until 9th February 2024 as part of the Base’s annual calendar of events.
Safety is a multifaceted aspect that not only entails flight operations, but also aircraft maintenance, road, fire, and personal health, among others.
The programme is meant to refresh the Officers, Service Members, civilian staff and families of Laikipia Air Base on the various aspects of safety, protocols and procedures that help in inculcating a good safety culture to maintain operational effectiveness.
Brig Farah, in his opening speech, termed Safety as the cornerstone to the success of the overall Kenya Air Force (KAF) Mission and emphasized the need to always prioritize the same to efficiently achieve the Mission.
He insisted on the need to reflect on past failures and any identified gaps. “Let us learn from them and make a resolve to improve and uphold high safety standards with unwavering commitment,” he added.
The Base Safety Officer, Major Patrick Makali, described safety as a force multiplier that enhances effectiveness, resilience, and long-term success. He urged everyone to take the time to reflect on their practices and reinforce the importance of safety in their daily routines.
The Deputy Base Commander, Colonel Hilary Kipkurui, termed safety and security as inter-twined and insisted on the need to always consider security as part of the overall safety goal. He emphasized the need to understand procedures, and have continuous training and practice, as well as communication on safety matters.
Among those in attendance were senior officers, officers, service members, and civilian staff.