The Federal Capital Territory, FCT Fire Service said it lost a total 16 lives, saved a total 94 lives and property worth over ₦2.750 billion in the territory in 388 fire outbreaks in the last nine months.
This was disclosed in a fire and rescue statistics document forwarded to Fire Fighters Magazine by the agency’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jeremiah Timveh
The document reads: “From January to September 2020, the FCT Fire Service rescued and attended to distress calls from the members of the public within the FCT as follows:
“Total Fire Calls – 388, total Rescue Calls – 22, total live lost -16 and total lives saved – 94. Total property saved stands at N2, 750.7 while total property lost was valued at N824.77.”
In a related development earlier, the FCT Fire Service had inaugurated a new fire station in Zuba district of the FCT. Director of the Service, Julius Opetunsin while speaking at the inauguration ceremony said:
“With the addition of this one, we now have 15 Fire Stations within the FCT. It is not only fire that we fight. We also go for rescues. Recently, we have flood disasters and we had building collapse incidents that we handled within the territory,” he explained.
Opetunsin called on FCT residents and stakeholders to work with men of the FCT Fire Service in tackling issues that lead to fire outbreaks.
“I want to implore residents of the FCT that once there is a fire they should just call us and within two to three minutes we will be there. They should protect our equipment so that we will protect lives and property” he said.