- Efforts are in top gear to tackle the incessant fire incidents in the country by the Federal Fire Service
- A team from the Service led by its Controller General of the FFS, Dr Liman A. Ibrahim is in Portugal to help find solutions to the menace
- The visit will kick-start a partnership that will ensure Nigeria gets the best fire fighting trucks henceforth
Porto, Portugal - To increase service delivery of the Federal Fire Service (FFS), the federal government has made a move to acquire 15 fire fighting trucks to support accident rescue missions across the country from Portugal.
As part of the process to secure the trucks, a team led by the Controller General of the FFS, Dr. Liman A. Ibrahim paid a visit to the European country on Friday, June 4.
Legit.ng gathered that the Nigerian delegation inspected the trucks being manufactured at Jacinto Fire Trucks Manufacturing Industry, in the commercial and industrial city of Porto.
The Controller General of the FFS was accompanied on the working visit by very senior officers in the FFS and some experts working with the Service over the years.
Speaking on the proposed acquisition of trucks, Dr. Ibrahim noted that subject to the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, the FFS is budgeting to acquire 15 trucks, with a plan for all 12 zones of the FFS to receive one truck each.
According to him, the extra two trucks will be sent to Ibadan and Lokoja, due to the high rate of fire incidents in the areas.
He noted that the fire fighting trucks have inbuilt rescue and emergency equipment, which will not only help to curb the spread of fire but also help in providing first aid medical care for victims of fire accidents on the scene.
Experts say the acquisition of the new fire trucks will strengthen the FFS newfound resolve to tackle fire incidents in the country.
Recall that twenty (20) basic life support ambulances and seven fire trucks were recently commissioned by the FFS in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The commissioning which was attended by Legit.ng, took place during a pulling-out-parade ceremony by the FFS in the Nigerian capital.
At the well-attended ceremonial pullout occasion of retired officers, the minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was the guest of honour and officially commissioned the newly acquired equipment.
Meanwhile, experts have noted that insurance, proper planning, and a central electricity generation system are important steps in curbing the disturbing spate of market fires across the country.
This was the consensus at the second edition of the Grow Nigeria Conversation in Abuja on Thursday, May 27 monitored by Legit.ng.
Engr Joseph Garba Anebi; former past Controller General of the FFS, Debbie Windele, a fire safety expert; and Dr Taibat Lawanson, urban planning, and development specialist at the University of Lagos were part of the panel.
Others were Dr. Usman Ado Kibon; director, Centre for Disaster Risk Management, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Ebose Austin Osegha, CEO/MD Anchor General Insurance Company, and McDonald Ifeanyi, an IT specialist.