The Federal Fire Services in Yola rescued eight persons and saved property worth 3.8 billion in 64 fire incidents in the state in 2021.
Mr Philip Odu, Yola Zonal Commander of the service disclosed this on Monday in Yola
“From January 2021 to date, the command has attended to 64 fire outbreak calls, carried out 11 rescue operations, during which eight lives were saved while three lives were lost respectively.
“Also, in the period under review, property worth 3.87 billion was saved while property worth 294.60 million was lost to fire disasters,” Odu said.
The zonal commander identified lack cooperation from the public as a major challenge affecting the service, especially during operations.
He said, “on many occasions, our officers are attacked and their equipment destroyed by unruly residents.”
“Following the incessant attacks on our officers while on duty by unscrupulous elements, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have attached some Arms Squad personnel to support and protect us whenever we are going for rescue and fire outbreak operations,” Odu said.
He also identified the obsolete Fire Service Act of 1963, non-compliance with fire safety code by residents and lack of attention by state governments to the needs and welfare of the fire service as some of the challenges impeding its operations. (NAN)