Reporter : CHRISTIAN NWANGENE
The Enugu State Fire Service has appealed to the residents of the state to desist from bush burning and other activities capable of destroying structures and public property in the area.
The State Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Okwudiri Daniel Ohaa, made the appeal in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Enugu.
This follows the return of harmattan with increasing cases of fire outbreaks in parts of Enugu, the capital city.
Mr. Ohaa, emphasised the need for everyone to imbibe the habit of regular clearing of their surroundings and installing fire fighting equipment in their residences and offices to forestall disaster.
He also urged market leaders, traditional rulers, religious leaders, and Presidents General of town unions to assist government to prevent fire incidents through awareness creation.
According to Mr. Ohaa, the Agency is embarking on sustained sensitization to awaken safety consciousness in the people as the dry season sets in fully.
He reinstated the preparedness of the Agency to respond swiftly to any fire outbreak and emergencies in markets, communities and other public places.
The Chief Fire Officer, further indicated that the Agency would use other avenue available in spreading the message of fire safety, prevention and precautions while also urging those travelling to always switch off all electrical appliances in their homes.
He advised people to make use of qualified technicians and engineers in electrical installations in their buildings.
The State Fire Service boss said the Agency responded to 108 fire calls between January 1 and 31, 2021 which showed a significant reduction in fire outbreaks compared to January 2020 where the Agency responded to 183 fire calls.
“This shows that our efforts in sensitising the people of the state was yielding positive result.
“We will continue to inform the people on the number of fire calls that were attended to,” the Enugu State Chief Fire Officer pledged.