Soldier who was injured in Ghaxaq fireworks blast discharged from hospital
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.