The Enugu State Government says it will establish new fire stations in nine council areas without fire stations in the state in year 2022.
The Chief Fire Safety Officer of the state, Chief Okwudili Ohaa, told NAN in Enugu on Sunday that government’s plan was to have a functional fire station in the 17 local government areas.
He said that the new fire stations had been captured and appropriated for in the state’s 2022 budget.
“His Excellency, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, being a people-oriented leader, came up with the grand design to ensure each council area has a functional fire station apart from some fire units created in some strategic markets and locations.
“So far, we have eight functional fire stations in eight council areas out of the 17 council areas in the state.
“They are situated in Enugu North, Enugu South, Nkanu West, Udi, Oji River, Igboeze North, Udenu and Nsukka council areas.
“Hopefully, the fire stations for the remaining nine council areas will come on stream this year and they will have mini-staff quarters for the fire officers as well as new fire engines and tankers.
“The new fire stations and their monetary provision had been inserted in this year’s budget and I am optimistic that our amiable governor knowing the import of the stations to the people will complete them in record time,” Ohaa said.
The fire chief disclosed that apart from the over 10 fire stations and units built by Gov. Ugwuanyi, he had facilitated installation of fire extinguishers in public/government buildings, schools and markets in the state.
“It is clear that Gov. Ugwuanyi will be leaving a legacy of the best network of functional fire stations and most rapid responding fire service in the country.
“The governor has so much supported fire safety, other forms of safety and secured environment in the state; thus, making the state the safest in the country.
“With the growing network of fire stations scattered in the state and recent deployment of mobile fire units as well, we have drastically reduced our fire response time to about five minutes after receiving a distress calls,” he said.