Federal Fire Service, FFS, has stated that it responded to 3,555 fire calls, saved 1,453 lives as well as properties worth N1.351 trillion across the country in the year 2020.

The Controller-General, FFS, Dr. Liman Alhaji Ibrahim, made the disclosure today, at the Service headquarters in Abuja, during a media parley organized to highlight the successes and challenges of the year just ended.

The Service helmsman posited that the enablement to respond to 3,555 fire calls, saved 1,453 lives and properties worth N1.351 trillion across the country, was as a result of the establishment of six additional training schools, which brings the total number of FFS training schools to eight; one in each geo-political zone; beside National Fire Academy in Sheda and FFS training school in Lagos.

And the establishment of six new zonal Commands in Yola, Sokoto, Minna, Owerri, Asaba and Osogbo, as well the recruitment and training of over 2000 newly employed personnel and the promotion of 1,276 officers in 2019 promotion exercise which spurred his personnel to discharge their best at saving lives and properties.

Dr Ibrahim stated further that the FFS is not resting on its oars, as its collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment has led to the training of 750 personnel on COVID-19 response strategies that participated in the decontamination and disinfection exercise of government offices, schools, markets, streets, churches, mosques and recreational centres across the country in 2020.

He maintained that the agency has also established technical group to assess Oil Tank Farm safety, with a view to mitigate disasters arising from oil farm tank explosion mostly in South-west and South-south parts of the country.

The CG maintained that N32.12bn properties were lost across the country in the year under review. While highlighting some of the challenges facing the Service to include mob attack on its personnel, dearth of office accommodation, the need for more State Fire Services to complement the efforts of the FFS and the payment of some percentage by NAICOM as insurance to Federal, States and Local Fire Services.

In the same vein, the media parley also coincided with the presentation of Doctorate certificate to the CG by the Geofidel Institute for Leadership and Management, London, United Kingdom, in recognition of his performance and service to humanity.

Prof. Festus Ojehkekpen, the Faculty Dean of the Institute, while presenting the award, described Dr. Liman as; “A silent achiever, who performed his duties diligently whether been noticed or not.”

While urging public servants, elected officials, political appointees and other public office holders to discharge their duties and responsibilities according to the dictates of the office and show more commitment towards service to humanity.

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