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Anambra launches community fire fighting



DIRECTOR and Chief Fire Officer of the Anambra State Fire Service, Martin Agbili, has said that the state fire service had introduced community fire fighting.
He said it was a new initiative which the fire agency developed because of the forthcoming dry season. He explained that community fire fighting was simply a situation where by the communities assist fire fighters in fighting fire , sensitisation and prevention within the communities in Anambra State.
To actualise the objectives of the initiative, the state fire chief disclosed that the agency would conscript what he called community fire wardens which the fire service would train on preliminary fire fighting and fire safety management so that whenever there is fire outbreaks in the communities, the fire wardens would be first responders to hold on for fire fighters before they arrive the scene.
He said the agency also planned to partner the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU ) to ensure the success and realisation of the initiative, stressing that why the agency deemed it necessary to partner community leaders was for the agency to leverage on the existing structures in the communities.
Agbili also noted that apart from fire fighting , the community fire wardens would help checkmate bush burning, as well as raise alarm within the communities for people to cut down bushes and grasses in their houses, pointing out that dry season fire outbreaks mostly result from bush fire and attack residential homes, if not controlled.
According to him, the agency will continue to provide moral and physical training for the community fire wardens until the state government deemed it fit to come up with full employment of fire fighters for the state fire service, stressing that the whole essence of initiating community fire fighting was to take fire fighting down to the hinterlands where he observed that people were most vulnerable to fire incidents.
He added that due to absence of fire stations in the communities, there was need to have fire fighters in the rural areas to combat fire outbreaks, even as he disclosed also that the state fire service intends to introduce fire safety in schools so that government would inculcate fire safety in school curriculum and that the agency would equally champion a legislation on the need to have safety clubs in schools where fire safety management can be taught.
In spite of the foregoing, the Director of Anambra State Fire Service lamented that the agency is bedeviled with some challenges that require government urgent intervention. He said there was an urgent need to revalidate all that is in the state fire service for optimum service delivery, especially as dry season sets in.

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