The Federal Government has set up a technical group to audit Oil Tank Farm Safety and Management in Nigeria, with a view to mitigating disasters arising from tank-farm explosions in the country.
This was as the Federal Fire Service said it saved 1,453 lives in 2020, and property worth N1.35 trillion, adding that it responded to 3, 555 fire calls while the country lost property worth N32.12 billion.
While public or government buildings recorded 543 incidents, private dwellings recorded 1,382 fire incidents.
Also affected were educational establishments, shops, hotels, event centres and others. According to the Service, 574 fire incidents were caused by faulty electrical equipment, 246 by power surges, 51 by candles, 181 by cigarette stubs and bush fires, 404 by accident and arson as well as several other causes.
Also, as part of renewed efforts to reduce fire incidents in the country, the Federal Government has concluded plans to establish fire stations across the nation’s 109 Senatorial Districts.
At a media interface in Abuja, Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Dr Liman Alhaji Ibrahim said the service will also purchase 89 firefighting trucks made up of 44 water tenders, 15 ambulances, 15 water tankers and 15 rapid intervention vehicles. “We discovered that it is necessary to extend our operations from the state headquarters to the Senatorial Districts so that we can be closer to the people because the closer we are, the better our response time.
The moment we start taking delivery of these vehicles, we will now identify some Senatorial Districts that are more prone to disasters and then we deploy our men and trucks. But we will pick them state by state.
We must touch every state. The first number of trucks is 44 and we have 36 states. So, we will identify one from each of the states and send the vehicle there. When the next batch of trucks comes, we will continue with that until we are able to cover the 109 Senatorial Districts in the country”, he stated.
Ibrahim who frowned at continued attacks by mob at fire scenes, said the service has concluded an arrangement with the Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC to provide armed personnel to secure scenes of fire incidents for the unhindered operation of fire fighters.