Lagos Takes Fire Advocacy To Schools And Street

 Lagos Takes Fire Advocacy To Schools And Street

Lagos-State-Fire-ServiceThe Lagos State Fire service on Wednesday joined their counterparts all over the world to mark the year 2016 international fire fighter’s day with the extension of its fire advocacy awareness to Lagos schools and streets in a bid to build fire safety consciousness in the minds of the youngsters across the state and celebrate the heros who died in active service.
Speaking during the walk across ikeja metropolis being part of activities lined up for the celebration of the day. The Director, Lagos Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe bemoaned the increasing rate of fire incidences in recent time across the state, disclosing that over 500 fire related emergencies were responded to between January and April this year.
While debunking reports attributing majority of fire incidences across the state to activities of market men and women but hinted that carelessness on the part of the citizenry is a major cause, expressing the hope that series of advocacy programme being embarked upon by the State Government would help correct anomaly and ultimately reduce fire outbreaks to the barest minimum.
Fadipe explained that the decision to take campaign to schools and streets across the state was borne out of the belief that students are very influential in domestic affairs at home, adding that the attitude of being safety conscious would have been imbibed into school children who in the nearest future influence their societies positively. “This government places premium on child safety and recognizes children as future leaders and it’s as a result of this that we are counting on you as agent of change to spread the safety news back home and enlighten your parents, friends and neighbors the need to strictly adhere to simple safety regulations.” Also urging them to tell their parents to give all necessary support to firemen and to also share and teach their peers from other schools what they were taught during the sensitization so as to have a fire free society. He stated.
The fire chief, speaking in the theme for 2016 celebration tagged: “ Stop the Attack on Firemen’ according to him was strategically designed to further seek for public cooperation with firefighters, emphasizing that brutal attacks on firefighters who risk their lives to rescue others was not acceptable to the state government. According to him, over 15 firefighters had been attacked in the last one year in an attempt to savage properties belonging to Lagosians, stressing further that any attack on fire fighters is an attack on humanity. He urged lagosians to be more conscious with inflammable materials during this period of intense heat by creating enough ventilation openings for heat to escape.

In his lecture he told the students that no fire is small and if not quickly contained, can destroy, claim lives r or maim victims permanently so therefore the need for respective schools to be fire safety conscious and also pass on firefighting techniques and prevention learnt to their communities. He noted that safety is everybody’s business has everyone has the responsibility and ability to stop a fire by taking precaution, and this includes sensitizing the public and your colleagues on preventive mechanism.
He commended the investment of Lagos state government through the provision of world class firefighting equipment for the state fire fighters, stressing further that the various success stories, prompt responses and recognitions given to state firefighter s was as a result of the desire of the state government to ensure the protection of lives and property of Lagosaians. The school fire safety advocacy team presented the schools with International Fire Fighter’s Day plaques and fire extinguishers {Oregun Junior High school and Olososun primary school)


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