… as agency marks international fire fighters’ day
Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State is to build more fire stations equipped with men and materials for rapid response to fire situations in the state.
Disclosing this to journalists at the headquarters of the Anambra state fire service on Tuesday, Director and Fire Chief of the agency, Engr. Martin Agbili, said six more fire stations would be built by the state governor to add to the nine existing fire stations across the state.
He told journalists that the aim was to have enough out-stations to enable the agency to respond to fire calls in real time adding that fire fighters were always on stand-by to combat fire outbreaks in the state.
The state fire chief who stated that there were about nine functional fire stations in Anambra, posited that when the six stations currently under construction were completed, there would be 15 fire stations across the state fully equipped with modern facilities and trained fire personnel to man the stations.
Agbili also stated that Anambra state recorded about one hundred fire outbreaks in the first quarter of 2018 noting that from the analysis, no severe damage was recorded in the inferno as some of the fire incidents were extinguished on arrival.
Although he noted that people were becoming aware of the dire need to adopt fire preventive behaviour to avoid unforeseen contingencies, he also said that the agency embarked on fire evangelism to churches, markets and other public places to educate them on fire safety tips.
The Anambra state fire chief who also functions as the chairman of Association of Safety Engineers Anambra state chapter drew the attention of the public to the agency’s forthcoming International Fire Fighters’ Day scheduled for 4th May 2018 at the agency’s headquarters Awka the Anambra state capital.
He said it was the maiden edition since the inception of the agency and the event would feature road shows and other programmes.