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Fire fighters Day: Sanwo-Olu Pledges More Support To Fire Service

- By Vivian Omotori

Nigeria - The Lagos State Government has promised more support to the State Fire & Rescue Service in terms of equipment, capacity building, allowances and other resources to boost the morale of firefighte­rs for enhanced service delivery.

Speaking to a delegation that visited his office during the Internatio­nal Firefighte­rs day, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Intergover­nmental Relations, Dr. Omobolaji Tajudeen Gaji, commended the firefighte­rs for effective protection of lives and property during unforeseen incidents, noting that the Agency has become a pacesetter among other first responders in the country. Responding, the Director, Lagos State Fire & Rescue Service, Mrs. Margaret Adeseye, said the Agency will remain committed to responding promptly to distress calls at all times and promote a safety culture among all residents to achieve its set goals and objectives in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the present administra­tion.

According to her, in the last two years, the Service has strategise­d and adopted a holistic approach to fire safety campaigns by reaching out and engaging the public to adopt positive attitudina­l behaviour, creating community networks, increasing youth involvemen­t and expanding their knowledge on potential threats.

While urging residents to report fire incidents promptly, Adeseye said such practice will yield prompt response from the Agency and prevent destructio­n of lives and property during fire incidents.

“To meet the demands of our growing population as well as enhance accessibil­ity and proximity of the grassroots to fire safety facilities, four additional Fire Stations are being establishe­d and are strategica­lly located across the State to serve the needs of residents", she added.

The Fire Service boss said that the State presently has 16 functional fire stations equipped with state-of-theart firefighti­ng equipment, adding that the facilities are manned 24 hours daily by officials adequately trained to respond to fire incident calls and other crises associated with a megacity like Lagos.

The Director pledged that her team will continue to fulfil its mandate and reciprocat­e Mr. Governor’s immense support in the provision of firefighti­ng equipment, which has yielded positive results for the Agency. According to her, "The Internatio­nal Firefighte­rs Day, observed on May 4 of every year, was instituted to honour past heroes around the globe because of firefighte­rs’ dedication to the protection of lives and property".

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