Sol­dier who was in­jured in Ghaxaq fire­works blast dis­charged from hospi­tal

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Staff Sergeant Brian Xuereb, who was se­ri­ously in­jured in a fire­works ex­plo­sion ear­lier this month, has been told by doc­tors that he can re­turn home.

The AFM mem­ber, 41, was in­jured when fire­works ma­te­rial he was get­ting rid of in Wied Ghar Dalam in Ghaxaq on 7 Septem­ber caught fire. The in­ci­dent took place near a fire­works fac­tory.

Mr Xuereb, who serves in the army’s bomb dis­posal unit, was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion but has since made a good re­cov­ery.

“Fi­nally the doc­tor said you can go home and keep on with my re­cov­ery from there. I would like to thank all med­i­cal staff , fam­ily and friends who gave as­sis­tance and gave full sup­port all th­ese days .... fi­nally home here I come,” he wrote in a Face­book post. The re­cent in­crease in the num­ber of Sta­tion Of­fi­cers within the Civil Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment will be lead­ing to the as­sign­ment of six sta­tion of­fi­cers on stand-by dur­ing the night in­stead of one with all sta­tions.

This was an­nounced by Min­is­ter for Home Af­fairs and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Carmelo Abela dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of cer­tifi­cates to new sta­tion of­fi­cers, fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of train­ing re­lated with their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

In the com­ing days each of the sta­tions at Ħal Far/USAR, Kordin/Flo­ri­ana and that of Gozo will see an as­signed sta­tion of­fi­cer on stand-by dur­ing the night. There will also be another sta­tion of­fi­cer as­signed at night with the Ma­rine/Haz­mat and another in the Con­trol Room at ta’ Kandja. This is in con­trast to the sys­tem adopted of one sta­tion of­fi­cer on duty who had to man­age all sta­tions.

Min­is­ter Abela spoke on the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to strengthen the mid­dle man­age­ment of fire sta­tions. He said that thanks to the sys­tem that will start to be adopted, wher­ever there is the need of the pres­ence of a sta­tion of­fi­cer dur­ing the hours be­tween 8.30pm and 7am, it will be pos­si­ble for the of­fi­cer to ar­rive on site in less time.

He added that the in­crease in the num­ber of sta­tions of­fi­cers pro­vided for the pos­si­bil­ity to ex­tend the work­ing hours of sta­tion of­fi­cers from 7am to 8.30pm in­stead of till 3pm.

Min­is­ter Abela added that this was the first time that the Civil Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment made use of the fa­cil­i­ties of the Acad­emy for Dis­ci­plined Forces at ta’ Kandja serv­ing as a pi­lot project for the draft­ing of more cour­ses in co­or­di­na­tion with the Acad­emy Di­rec­tor of Stud­ies. Dis­cus­sions are al­ready un­der­way with the Acad­emy to con­duct ac­cred­ited train­ing for CPD.

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