Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola recently at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos has commissioned DG54 aerial hydraulic platform fire fighting truck measuring 54 metres height capacity to reach eighteenth floor of a high-rise building, Fire Fighters Magazine, gathered.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, Aregbesola said the new vehicle would help put an end to the challenges faced by fire-fighters when extinguishing fire outbreaks in a plethora of skyscrapers.
He noted that the Federal Fire Service last year responded to 3,555 distress calls during which N1.351 trillion worth of property and 1,110 human lives were saved from fire, adding that the federal government was committed to improving on infrastructure and bringing innovations in the bid to protect lives and property and put fire under control.
The minister said, uncontrolled fires pose a serious security, economic and developmental threat and the prevalence of fire incidents in Nigeria has become a source of concern to all levels of government, hence the need for collaborative effort to check these ugly trend.
He urged the Controller General of Federal Fire Service and his management team to put in place measures and strategies that will ensure the effective deployment and utilization of the hydraulic fire-fighting asset for optimal use to meet the needs of the general public.
The Executive Governor of Lagos State, during the commissioning, ably represented by the Deputy Governor – His Excellency Dr Hamzat said Sanwo-Olu wants a unified law to curb tanker fire incidents in the state, because 45 per cent of petroleum products comes to Lagos with the resultant consequence of trucks catching fire, destroying lives and property.
Dr Hamzat stressed that the Governor need the FG to have a standard law guiding tankers and articulated vehicles.
Dr Obafemi Hamzat, further emphasise that the law was necessary to protect lives and property of the citizens, as well as loss to fire and accidents involving such vehicles.
He said there was a need for the Lagos state government to work with the Federal Fire Service to ensure that standards are met before the trucks are loaded.
According to him “life is the most important gift, without which nothing else matters, therefore fire that consumes lives and property is important to every one of us”.
While responding to correspondent at the occasion, the Controller General of Federal Fire Service, Dr Liman Ibrahim, stated that fighting fires in high rise building comes with a lot of challenges, especially in Lagos where the service had in the past contended with multi-storey buildings without appropriate equipment.
lbrahim explained that the procurement of the DG54 Aerial Platform hydraulic Fire Fighting is expected to significantly address these challenges and minimize the risk firefighters are exposed to in the line of duty.