The Federal Government at the weekend said it would consider creation of a fire police to address challenges often faced by firefighters during operations across the country.
The government said the fire police would prevent mob action and vandalisation of fire-fighting assets particularly during fire outbreaks.
It explained it would be an arm-bearing unit to be referred to as “Fire Police,” whose duty would be, to provide needed protection during operations.
Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola as Chairman of Council, disclosed this during the opening Ceremony of the National Council on Fire in Jos, Plateau State.
Aregbesola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, said the Ministry would initiate the process of repealing the 1963 Fire Service Act and ensure enactment of a new contemporary, vibrant, and enforceable law, through the instrument of an Executive Bill to be forwarded to the National Assembly for deliberation and eventual passage into law.
A statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mrs. Lere Adams, said the Minister stressed Fire Safety Management is an Imperative for National Security.
He argued fire safety management can and should become a tool for not only National Security but also National Development.
“When critical national assets are adequately protected against consequences of huge losses due to fire incidents, these assets are saved; the economy is further protected, because the very lean resources that would have otherwise been used to rehabilitate or reconstruct such affected infrastructure would be channeled to other areas of our National Development. Our national Archives and very sensitive information would be preserved.” he added.
The Minister assured the Ministry would continue to find innovative ways and means to empower the Service to provide timely and quality service of world class standard, to the generality of the citizens and foreigners alike.
Federal Fire Service, he noted, has enjoyed and will continue to enjoy the tremendous support of President Muhamadu Buhari.
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