In a bid to forestall the effects of fire outbreaks associated with harmattan season the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Rivers State Command has partnered with the Federal Fire Service in the State through training of personnel and unveiling of fire fighting equipments.
The NSCDC State Commandant during the unveiling of some fire fighting equipments at the Command Headquarters in Port Harcourt said the public must rise up and take responsibility for their actions most especially during the yelutide and harmattan seasons.
” There is need for the public to understand that “Prevention is better than Cure”, drivers travelling during the yelutide must have fire extinguishers in their vehicles, Schools, Institutions, Shopping malls and Residential apartments owners must ensure that fire fighting equipments are provided in strategic positions to combat unprecedented occurrence of fire”.
Commandant Ogar noted that over millions of properties and lives have been lost to fire disasters as a result of carelessness and negligence. He further warned against hoarding and indiscriminate storing of fuel during the yelutide season.
” We are using this avenue to warn the public against the act of storing fuel in the house or vehicles while traveling during the festive period, this is an indiscriminate act perpetrated by many with the mind of guiding against artificial scarcity of fuel. The Command will deploy her operatives to clamp down on Fuel Stations selling above the stipulated pump price thereby creating unnecessary scarcity of fuel in the State”.
” The Command in her readiness to forestall incidents of fire disasters has now procured and unveiled about 25 Fire Extinguishers which has been positioned at the Iriebe and Ogbogoro exhibit yards while others would be stationed at the Command for emergency response”.
Speaking at the event the Federal Fire Service State Commander, DCF Abdullahi Alfa said the collaborations between the two agencies would assist in combating fire disasters as the fire fighters are always in need of adequate security cover during their operations. The FFS Commander who was represented by ASF said the newly unveiled fire extinguishers must be made available for proper servicing after a period of 6 months to enhance it’s capacity noting that Fire prevention is much better than fire fighting hence it is a punishable offence for vehicle drivers to travel without fire extinguishers.
DSC OLUFEMI AYODELE Anipr.
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
NSCDC RIVERS STATE COMMAND.