Fire Service Boss Decries Attack On Officers

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The acting Comptroller General (CG) of the Federal Fire Service, ACG Lima Ibrahim has said men of the Service are being attacked by suspected thugs while on official duty.

The comptroller- general made the statement during a Fire Fighting Equipment unveiling at the headquarters of the service in Abuja yesterday.

Addressing journalists on his assessment of fire safety awareness in the country and the challenges they encountered,

“We are doing our best with the states Fire Services to educate members of the public but what we are receiving from many members of the public is very disappointing”. “Any time our men turn out to fight fire, despite they don’t know which station they are coming from, they start stoning them, injuring our staffs and damaging our equipment,”

– ACG Lima Ibrahim (Federal Fire Service)

Mr. Ibrahim who said he had warned the public to desist from what he described as an unpleasant act, threatened that:

“…any area that is not friendly to us, if there is fire there, we will not respond unless the elders in that place talk to the youths because we cannot afford to loose our fire men; we cannot afford the destruction of our very expensive equipment”.

– ACG Lima Ibrahim (Federal Fire Service)

He, however, appealed to the youths to be friendly with the firefighters who are out to put off disastrous incidents. “Where that one is not achieved, honestly, I think I may take the next action of not responding to the emergency in that area,” the CG said.

The unveiling was done in collaboration with Skytick Technology Global Limited, a fire Stopping Company and Advanced Fire Fighting Technology AFT, a fire-fighting equipment production company based in Germany.

The pumps are used on Pick-Ups (Hilux) and we call it Rapid Intervention (RI). Ibrahim said the Service is yet to procure the equipment for easy access to areas that are not accessible to heavy trucks.

“From what we have seen from the demonstration, we are satisfied,” he confessed, adding that the Service would acquire ten units of the trucks by next year.

According to the CG, seven of the types have been deployed to Owerri in Imo State, Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Yola in Adamawa State as well as Kaduna and Katsina states. The equipment are designed to work effectively in areas of ready-made source of water due to its 300 liters capacity. Niger Govt Say 240 Health Centres Will Facilitate Speedy Healthcare

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