The Lagos State Fire Service today held a sensitisation rally to mark the International Firefighters’ Day, urging Lagos Residents to imbibe safety measures and be responsive to cases of emergency.
Addressing the gathering during the rally, the Acting Director-General, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasaki Musbau said the present administration’s commitment to safety and prevention of fire incidents has been exhibited through the acquisition of modern firefighting tools as well as the overwhelming support to the State fire service agency.
According to him, “The effort of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been rewarding to the operations of the Agency in the past three years with the recruitment of 100 firefighters and additional 150 personnel currently undergoing training”.
He revealed that in an attempt to enhance prompt response to emergencies, the government constructed four additional fire stations at Ijede in Ikorodu, Olorunda in Badagry, Eredo in Epe and Satelite in Ijegun and renovated the existing ones with world-class equipment.
While informing the students at Eko Akete Primary School in Idumota of the need to be safety conscious at all times, the Director-General implored them to always take cognisance of things that can cause fire outbreak around them, and report any identified incidents promptly.
“It is critical to educate the children on several emerging causes of fire disaster in the society and make them aware of the appropriate steps to take when such disaster emanates”, he asserted.
Mr. Musbau disclosed further that the theme of this year’s celebration was conceived based on the necessity to inform every individual on the relevance of firefighting and the need to be part of the efforts of the State government in making Lagos safe and secure.
The rally themed “Support Fire Fighters: Your Safety Partner” commenced at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan and ended in Ojuelegba.
Recall that the International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD), observed on May 4 of every year, was instituted across the world on January 4, 1999, after the death of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a bushfire in Australia on December 2, 1998.