THE Anambra State Fire Service said it recorded about 125 fire incident across the state in the first five months of the 2020 between January and May while it took delivery of new fire fighting trucks.
The Director of the state Fire Service, Mr Martin Agbili made the disclosure on Tuesday at Onitsha in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Agbili said the figure indicated an increase in fire outbreaks when compared to its record of 64 incidents in 2018 and 52 cases in 2019, within the same period.
The Director explained that: “It was not easy from January to February. That was at the peak of dry season and we had so many outbreaks within the time.
“They were not just structural fire outbreaks but from crashes by petrol laden-articulated vehicles and high level of unconsciousness in the handling of inflammable materials.
“We cannot estimate what was lost in the incidents within the period, in terms of value of property lost or saved, but we can say that what louuwe saved was more than what was destroyed.”
The director said the agency would soon commence a sensitization campaign in the state to enlighten residents on preventive measures and how to handle outbreaks and inflammable materials.
He commended the state governor, Willie Obiano, for procuring new trucks, rehabilitating more modern fire trucks, approving the employment of 120 personnel and for doubling the staff hazard allowance from N10, 000 to N20, 000.
Agbili further commended the governor for procuring 13 operational vehicles as well as for constructing and installing hydrants in all the markets in the state.
In recognition of the many markets in the state and the frequent outbreaks in the various markets, especially Onitsha, the commercial city of the state, Agbili said the state government was also making efforts toward providing water trucks in all the major markets.
“At the moment, only three markets, the Main Market in Onitsha, the Building Materials Market in Ogbunike and Ochanja Market also in Onitsha have fire trucks,” he revealed.