- January 11 2021. 4:40 am
This is often the case when there is a fire incident, but in spite of the sacrifices, including losing lives and limbs that firemen and women have often made, the Nigerian society has not really paid adequate attention to the Federal Fire Service. Perhaps, this is why apart from scores of lives that were lost, over N5 trillion was also lost to inferno between 2013 and 2018. This is according to official statistics given by the Service during the 2018 Fire Fighters Day in Abuja. Of course, the losses also preclude those that were not reported to the Service.
Nigeria has some Air force officers working with the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA. These officers often help to fly the agency’s aircrafts during emergencies. Since personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC are also emergency responders, perhaps some of their armed personnel could be seconded to the Federal Fire Service. The other option is to amend the Fire Safety Act to compel all states of the federation to adopt the fire safety code. A situation where a state fire service has less than 10 personnel for a population of over four million is abnormal. When amended, the Fire Service Act should grant powers to the Federal Fire Service to compel state fire services to do the needful at all times.