By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
In demonstration of determination to ensure quick response to fire incidences across the nation, the Federal Fire Service yesterday launched Fire Alert System Application (FASAPP).
The application according to the service is geared towards linking all states in the federation to a central unity with a view to responding at a speed of light during fire emergencies, which will also serve as mechanism in checking the importation and use of adulterated fire extinguishers in the country.
Unveiling the application yesterday during a workshop on the enlightenment programme on enforcement of fire alarm and extinguishing equipment regulation for safety, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, while explaining the importance of the application, commended the Controller of the Fire Service for his diligence in coming up with such innovation geared towards promoting safety at home, offices and shops.
Dambazau, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mohammed Bello Umar, said “As we all know the history of Fire Service in Nigeria dates back to colonial era. As a matter of fact, fire service was part of the police and was called Fire Police.
“The Fire service in Nigeria, you may recall, has been in a very sorry state until I assumed office. It has been my keen desire to change the narratives in the Fire Services by ensuring that each state in the federation has Fire Service office and at the local government level.
“This alert system has eased out our frustration in such a way that before the fire service men are called, the whole building is raised down and property and valuables that could have been saved, lost.”
“It was in the light of this and the need to inject new blood in the fire service that the government recently approved the recruitment of more Nigerian youths into the service. The purpose of the recruitment is to add capacity to the fire service and sooner than later, the employment process will be concluded. This will also contribute greatly in reducing the unemployment situation in the country which is indeed a major achievement of the current administration.
“The introduction of alert and fire extinguisher system, the networking of the fire service system throughout the nation, both the private fire stations and engines along with that of the local and state government, are today, going to be linked up centrally so that when there is fire incident, the alert system will pick up and the service will quickly identify and respond to the locations where the fire is burning.