The Adamawa State Fire Service says it saved five lives and property worth N184.444 million in rescue operations during fire outbreaks in the state between January and June 2020.
Mr Abdullahi Adamu the state Director, Adamawa State Fire Service said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Yola, on 23/6/2020.
Adamu said property worth N93.976 million were also lost to fire disasters during the period adding, however, that no life was lost.
“We saved five lives, and people were trapped in a building during some of our rescue operation and most time it became difficult for them to escape.
“So, no life was lost as a result of our response to fire incident during the period,” he said.
According to him, during the period under review the agency received 58 distress calls out of which four were discovered to be false alarm.
“Out of the fire outbreaks that occurred, twenty two were in residential areas, one in government office and one in government residential quarters.
“Two were in markets, three in fuel stations, five in shops and one in a mini factory,” he said.
He commended the Federal Fire Service and other sister agencies for complementing the efforts of the Adamawa State Fire service in responding to fire outbreaks in the state.
Adamu said that the major challenge facing the service was lack of manpower, fire fighting equipment and a utility van.
He said that the service has only two functional fire-fighting trucks at the state capital, one located at the Government House and the other at its headquarters in Yola.
He appealed to the State Government to provide equipment, accessories and chemicals to the service to enable it operate effectively, especially during fire outbreaks in fuel stations.
He called on the general public to report fire outbreaks immediately to the service for prompt response.