Agency Seeks Enugu Govt.’s Support To Tackle Fire Disasters

Federal Fire Service, Enugu State, Joseph Anebi, Ifeanyi UgwuanyiThe Federal Fire Service has sought the collaboration of the Enugu State government to curb the menace of uncontrolled fires in the state and Nigeria at large.

The Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Mr Joseph Anebi, made the call during a visit to the Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

He told the Governor that he was in the state to solicit his administration’s support for initiative to upgrade fire-fighting facilities across Nigeria.

Mr Anebi highlighted the losses the country has counted in recent times as a result of fire disasters and stressed the need to upgrade the state’s fire service facilities.

He said that the Nigerian Government was determined to curb the menace, especially in the face of economic recession.

In his response, Governor Ugwuanyi commended the institution for its effort and stated his administration’s resolve in ensuring that a common goal was achieved.

He stressed the need for individuals to take precaution and be more careful in the way inflammable products are handled, especially in the season of harmattan.

Nigeria Loses Property Worth N50 Billion To Fire Annually – Agency

The Comptroller-General of the Federal Fire Service, Olusegun Okebiorun, has revealed that Nigeria loses about N50 billion worth of properties to fire outbreaks.

He made this known during an interview on Channels Television’s Question Time, while speaking about the activities and challenges of the agency.

Mr Okebiorun who said the management of fire emergencies is capital intensive complained of the agency’s dwindling resources.

“We have not done too badly,” he said adding that “we have pursued that responsibility vigorously within the limit of our resources.”

He also disclosed that there is a dearth in infrastructure available to the agency as “without the infrastructure you cannot be the best in terms of emergency management” which is about preventing emergencies from occurring.

The manpower that the service has is not enough to prevent incidences.

He highlighted that the service is expected to visit offices and homes at least once in a year, however, the number of agents is ‘grossly inadequate’.

Speaking about the National Search and Rescue and Epidemic Evaluation Plan, which is collaboration between the agency and other responders, such as NEMA, Mr Okebiorun said the plan is to give a guideline as to the responsibilities of all stakeholders in the event of an emergency which they all respond to.

The plan also stipulates the function of the fire service in different scenarios such as flood, fire outbreak, collapsed building or road accident.