CG Dr. Liman Ibrahim inspecting the permanent site of the zone C headquarters
The National Fire Academy is to be upgraded to international standard to meet the training demands of fire officers in Nigeria and other West African countries.
The Controller General Federal Fire service, Dr Liman Ibrahim stated this in Bauchi while inspecting facilities at the Zone C Headquarters which comprise Yobe and Borno States.
He expressed satisfaction at the high level of professionalism and cordial working relations between the federal and state fire officers.
The CG noted that the development strategy adopted by the service under his leadership was to establish modern fire offices across the one hundred and nine senatorial district in the country to ensure national readiness to confront fire disasters.
Dr Ibrahim maintained that plans were under way to remodel the national fire academy Sheda to a world class institution that will train both foreign and local fire officers on latest fire fighting techniques.
The Controller General said training on domestic fire safety will also be available to the public when the national fire academy takes proper shape in the first quarter of next year and promised to include more women in subsequent recruitments into the fire service.
The Commanding Officer Zone C, Usman Yakmud commended the leadership of the federal fire service for its numerous achievements in the Zone, especially the ongoing construction in the permanent site of the Zonal Headquarters, he however requested for more rescue kits, ambulances, utility vehicles and self contained breathing Apparatus for the Zone.
Similarly, the Director, Bauchi state fire service, Mr Ishayah Dadi applauded the presence of federal fire service in the state noting that the equipments they deployed have greatly improved how fire is combated.
“Before the coming of the federal fire service, actually our capacity was very low but with the presence of the FFS, with the deployment of the modern firefighting equipment our services have improved greatly and we now approach emergencies with confidence,”Mr Dadi said.
The construction work for the Zone C Fire Service Headquarters located at Muda lawal Road, Bauchi currently stood at 75 percent completion and expected to be completed by the end of this year.