FEDERAL FIRE SERVICE SET TO COLLABORATE WITH STATE GOVERNMENTS
Controller-General, Federal Fire Service, Engr Joseph Anebi
The Federal Fire Service is set to collaborate with state governments for improved service delivery.
The Controller-General, Federal Fire Service (FFS), Engr Joseph Anebi, stated this in Abuja and noted that the FFS would deepen such collaboration for mutual benefits.
Engr Anebi said that he was impressed with the relationship that the FFS and the governments of Niger and Kano enjoy, adding that his recommendation to the two states’ governments has led to improved efficiency in their Fire Services.
He particularly noted the acquisition of modern fire-fighting equipment by the Kano State government, as well as the implementation of his recommendation on the provision of space in the market for easy access to responders to emergency situations.
The collaboration, he further stressed, would lead to the harnessing of capacity and improved efficiency, as well as engender cooperation and partnership.
The Controller-General regretted the losses the country has experienced in 2016 due to incessant fire outbreaks which claimed lives and engulfed national monuments, resources and investments, and attributed some of those occurrences to the lack of implementation of both the Fire and the Building Codes.
He however called for proper public enlightenment on the Codes to prompt accurate implementation and observance, which would help curtail fire outbreak incidences and also aid the Service in providing quick disaster response.
He disclosed that the FFF would hold soon hold a stakeholders’ meeting, involving relevant Ministries as Works, Agriculture, Environment, Housing, and professional bodies involved in building, as well as those who provide complementary services, to map out an effective plan on fire prevention mechanism, as well as update the stakeholders on fire prevention policies guiding the erecting of buildings in the country.