The Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the supervisory ministry in charge of the Federal Fire Service at a recent deployment of firefighting appliance at the Ondo State capital in Akure said the federal government is on it oars towards upgrading of Federal Fire Service for optimum performance in fire fighting and rescue operations.
The minister who disclosed that over 1,200 fire incidents had occurred across the country between January and August in the year 2020, said the federal fire service had been able to save 61 lives while assets worth over seventy four billion naira were saved from being destroyed by fire.
Rauf Ogbeni Aregbesola stated this at the commissioning and deployment of a new fire-fighting truck in Ondo State by the federal government, in Akure, the state capital.
According to the minister, ‘fire is a good servant and a dangerous master’, warning the people to be more cautious while handling combustible materials, particularly electrical appliances during the ongoing dry season.
“We are working towards upgrading the Federal Fire Service but our people must be careful in order to prevent against incessant out breaks of fires. Because this is the most dangerous part of the year.” He said.
The minister expressed optimism that another fire fighting truck would be deployed soonest to the state in the first quarter of 2021, as a result of the collaboration between the federal ministry of Interior and Ondo state government.
In his remarks, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, said his administration had been making efforts to put the fire stations across the state in good condition and also motivate the fire officers.
The governor said, “We are working hard and putting strategy in place to ensure all the fire stations are put in good shape within the shortest period of time to respond to emergencies as and when necessary.
“To achieve this, it is our plan to acquire new Rapid Intervention Vehicles that convert water to vapour and can manoeuvre through narrow lanes and rough terrains for use by our firefighters.”