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Fire Service boosts capacity for emergency response

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has expressed commitment to support the Federal Fire Service for enhanced service delivery.

He stated this in Asaba at the inauguration of Zone K Zonal Office of the Federal Fire Service and presentation of two fire fighting trucks.

Radio Nigeria reports that the visit to Delta state was the fifth by the top management of the Federal Fire Service.

This followed the creation of six additional zonal headquarters of the Federal Fire Service in Niger, Adamawa, Imo, Sokoto, Osun and Delta states.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Deputy Controller General, Quintus Azogu and top management of the Federal Fire Service.

The Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa said the volatile nature of the state as a result of its numerous oil installations had necessitated the state government to invest heavily in the state Fire Service.

“When fire outbreak do occur, we need to actually attend as quickly as possible to it because nobody can truly tell the extent to which the fire can go. So we want to reassure you that we would do everything possible to try to improve our services and ensure the maintenance because we know the high cost of fire trucks, Governor Okowa said ”.

Governor Okowa appreciated the efforts of the Federal fire service at scaling up the activities of its men across the country to enable them to respond to fire outbreaks professionally.

The Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Dr. Liman Ibrahim, represented by the Deputy Controller General, Quintus Azogu said the visit was to boost capacity for emergency response to fire outbreaks in the Zone, comprising Delta, Bayelsa and Edo states.

“Over ninety two fire trucks was approved for the federal fire service and then the staff strength of twice as much as we had before, so what we are doing now is to ensure that we distribute these fire trucks equitably across the country to ensure that response time is reduced and then people are saved from the threat of uncontrolled fire, DCG Azogu said “.

Firemen testing the efficacy of the new fire fighting trucks

Meanwhile a senior Registrar of Plastic Surgery at the Federal Medical center Asaba, Dr. Nelson Okoh advised Nigerians to acquaint themselves with safety tips to avoid domestic fire accidents which may result in loss of lives.

“People should stop refilling already lit kerosene lamp, people should actually check their cylinders to ensure that they are well sealed and it is advisable to actually let the cylinders out of the building, people refill a generator that is actually working, this should be avoided. Then if the burn incident happens, what you should do first is you should cool the surface with clean water. Sometimes people add raw eggs, oil and all that, those are actually contaminant to burn management, Dr Okoh said ”.

A simulation exercise of the two fire fighting trucks was performed to the admiration of the state governor and other top dignitaries.

Halima Idris

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