Lagos saves N106.4 billion property from fire outbreaks – Commissioner

The commissioner said that the goods and property were salvaged from the 1,774 fire outbreaks recorded in the state within the period.
The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it saved N106.44 billion worth of goods and property from fire outbreaks in the last one year.
Oyinlomo Danmole, Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, made the disclosure during the 2014 Ministerial Press Briefing in Ikeja.
The commissioner said that the goods and property were salvaged from the 1,774 fire outbreaks recorded in the state within the period.
Mr. Danmole also said that the state recorded massive losses to fire outbreaks within the period, explaining that the losses, in form of burnt goods and properties, were difficult to quantify.
He said that 116 persons were rescued from fire incidents within the period, while 16 cases of collapsed buildings were recorded.
The commissioner said that the state’s fire service was being strengthened with equipment and personnel to improve response to emergencies.
Mr. Danmole listed some of the tools provided for the fire officers within the period to include 500 units of protective clothings, 500 helmets, and 500 safety boots and 500 gloves.
“Also, we have ordered for 32 customised fire trucks from the U.S to further enhance operational efficiencies of the fire service.
“The trucks, which are expected to be delivered soon, were fitted with dragon pumpers, aerial ladders and others for effective fire fighting,’’ Mr. Danmole said.
He also said that the state government had completed two new fire stations in Abesan and Lekki areas of the state, stressing that they would commence operation soon.
According to him, the stations will enhance proximity of fire services to the people of Ipaja, Lekki and environs.
“The new stations will also improve the turnaround time responses and by implication substantially prevent and reduce losses associated with fire outbreaks and emergencies,’’ he said.
Mr. Danmole added that 225 fire hydrants were being rehabilitated across the state, while 50 new ones were being built to support fire service operations.
He said that the state government was committed to safety of lives and property in the state, while urging residents to steer clear of practices that could cause disasters.
Mr. Danmole advised residents to always take precautions against fire and always call the state’s emergency numbers when in distress.
He blamed the incessant tanker explosions in the state on unsafe activities of drivers, saying that the menace would reduce if drivers operated in line with the law.

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