ONLY FIVE FIRE HYDRANTS IN SALONE

Chief Fire officer of National Fire Force Nasiru Kamanda Bongay said that they only have five hydrants in the country of a population of 6.5 million

Bongay made this statement to the committee of internal affairs on a familiarization visit to know each other at the Administrative Building, Tower Hill in Freetown.

He said that they have fire engines that have serious technical problems which is affecting their operation in the country.

Explaining the strategic plan of the institution, Chief Fire Officer said that their vision is to develop fire equipment in the country but that they are facing challenges with implementation.

According to him, their priority is to construct fire stations in Koinadugu, Port Loko and Western Area.

He explained that in the past, the National Fire Force has three hundred personnel but that now they have outstretched as they need additional staff.

He explained that they want an improvement on their medical for their personnel, adding that they have negotiated for equipment with SALWACO and Guma Valley for the hydrants.

He informed the committee that the fire bill will be coming to parliament for enactment that will help save Sierra Leone from infernos.

Hon Moses B. Jorkie said at Turmabum there was a fire out break but there is no respond from National Fire Force.
Hon Francis Kowa asked how often they checked their fire hydrants and if they are receiving any support from donor partners.

Hon Habib Munda asked about the status of those activities which he has outlined.
Responding to the Committee, Kamanda Bongay said they now have eighteen fire engines and gradually they would reach Turmabum.

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