FCT Fire Service moves to prevent disaster in markets

By Daniel Tyokua 

The FCT Fire Service has begun plans to  prevent fire outbreaks in public, private structures and markets within the nation’s capital, Abuja.

The Acting Director, FCT Fire Service Engr Sani Saidu said his office through Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) was considering the need for owners of malls, markets and other public buildings to make provision for a system that would always alert the emergency monitoring centre when there is an outbreak.

He told journalists in Abuja, that the plan which is still in the pipeline followed indication of interest by an alert company to introduce the system.

Saidu explained that a firm had sent a proposal to the service on the need to have a functional fire alerting system linked to the Fire Emergency Monitoring Centre.

According to him, “This measure is to ensure a drastic reduction in response time as Fire Service is alerted promptly in the event of fire outbreak, thereby safeguarding against loss of lives and property in FCT” 

The Acting Director stated that the yet to begin alerting system would not be force on owners of the structures. 

He said the alerting system which is being considered by the top management of  FCT Administration will help in fire reduction and control.

However, the Director lamented that lack of resources was hampering the operation of FCT Fire Service, but he said as soon as funds are made available activities will kick off in full.

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