Aregbesola Commissions Aerial Fire Fighting Truck In Lagos (PHOTOS)
Minister of the interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has commissioned a DG54 aerial platform fire fighting truck with 54 metres of height capacity to reach the 18th floor of high-rise buildings.
During the commissioning ceremony in Lagos State on Thursday, Aregbesola said that the new vehicle would help put an end to the challenges faced by the fire-fighters when extinguishing fire outbreak in a plethora of skyscrapers.
He noted that the Federal Fire Service last year responded to 3,555 distress calls during which N1.351 trillion worth of property and 1,110 human lives were saved from the fire, adding that the federal government was committed to improving on infrastructure and bringing innovations in the bid to protect lives and property and put the fire under control.
The minister said that uncontrolled fires represented serious security, economic and developmental threat and the prevalence of fire incidents in Nigeria has become a source of concern to all levels of government thus the need for collaborative effort to check the menace.
He urged the Controller General of Federal Fire Service and his management team to put in place measures and strategies that will ensure the effective deployment and utilization of the fire-fighting asset for optimal impact on the general public.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Kadiri Hamzat, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr Rauf Aregbesola for supporting the state with modern fire-fighting equipment.
“We must commend the Federal Government for the seamless collaboration between the SFS and the FFS.
“Between January and March 2021, we combated 294 fires in conjunction with the FFS.
“On our part, we have also purchased four aerial fire-fighting vehicles, employed 700 firefighters with 500 more to be employed and also established 18 fire stations across the state.
“This is important as 45 per cent of petroleum products come to Lagos, with the consequences of trucks catching fire, destroying lives and property.
“This calls for the need for the state to work with the FFS to ensure that the combustible standards are met before the truckloads,” Sanwo-Olu said.
According to him, life is the most important gift without which nothing else matters, therefore, the fire that consumes lives and property is important to every one of us.
See more of the photos from the commissioning below as obtained by AutoReportNG
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