AS PART of the activities to mark the International Firefighter’s Day (IFFD), the Anambra State Fire Service organised a road walk to sensitise the public of the day’s relevance and need for fire safety and management prevention awareness.
The road walk commenced from the state Fire Service Headquarters, Agu-Awka, through the Immigration Junction, to UNIZIK Junction, through Akwata Flyover Bridge, back to the Fire Service Headquarters.
Earlier, while addressing the personnel of the agency, Managing Director, Anambra State Fire Service, Air Vice Marshall (rtd) Ben Chiobi, said the State Fire Service joined global colleagues to remember and show gratitude to fire service personnel who put their lives constantly on the line to save people from fire disasters.
“A day like this offers us the opportunity to take stock of the past year to see what we did and how to look into the future. The agency witnessed significant improvement in its response time and efficiency in fire fighting within the first quarter of 2021 by responding to over 100 distress calls,
He thanked Gov. Obiano for his support to the agency by recruiting and training of 120 personnel, who shall soon be deployed to the various fires stations across the state to boost the workforce, the provision of two brand fire trucks and the refurbishing of nine fire trucks.
In his speech, Director/Chief Fire Officer, Anambra State Fire Service, Martin Agbili, said the IFFD enables the world’s community opportunity to recognize and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are safe as possible, besides, a time for current and past firefighters to be thanked for their contributions and humanitarian and selfless services.
“Fire fighting is a difficult job but firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life, property and the environment. Sometimes, that dedication is in form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in other, it is many selfless years working in the industry in all cases, it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life. This celebration gives us a chance to honour and thank firefighters everywhere.”
The Anambra Chief Fire Officer, who doubles as the regional Coordinator of African Continent for IFFD appreciated Gov Willie Obiano to the fire agency and developmental strides in the state.
Agbili urged ndi Anambra and all the people living in Anambra to understand that fire safety and management prevention is everybody’s business. All they owe firefighters is to call in time where there is distress, especially fire distress.