Obaseki boosts emergency services, takes delivery of ultra-modern fire trucks from NPDC

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L-R: Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Youth and Humanitarian Affairs, Mrs. Eire Ifueko Alufohai Esq.; Commissioner for Youth and Humanitarian Affairs,Christopher Nehikhare, and the Director, Edo State Fire Service, Omoluru Osayande, at handing over of a fire service truck to the state government by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), at the Government House in Benin City, on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022.

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday, took delivery of an additional ultra-modern industrial-sized fire truck from the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC) to boost the state’s response to fire emergencies.

The governor, who spoke to journalists after test-driving the truck, at the Government House in Benin City, said the state government is committed to reviving and strengthening its fire service.

He said the state has recruited and is training more firemen with the support of the Federal Fire Service to enhance their capacity for first responder services.

Obaseki noted, “Today, we have received an ultra-modern fire truck donated by the NPDC. We have ordered two fire trucks of our own, which will be delivered before the end of March 2022.  With these three fire trucks, we will have enough equipment of our own to fight fire, no matter the scale.

“More importantly, we are re-training our firemen and NPDC has gladly accepted to provide additional training aside from the provision of a fire truck. We have 38 men in service and will make sure that we send them on advanced fire-fighting training.

“Our focus is to get the Federal Fire Service to join and support the state’s efforts in enlightenment and advocacy to prepare the citizens to join in response in case of any fire incident.”

He continued: “We would have three brand new industrial-sized fire trucks and will follow it up with re-training the human capacity to respond to accidents when it occurs. The most important issue is to rebuild the organisation, rebuild the confidence of the firemen, and create the incentives for them to come to work, as well as make them feel cherished and appreciated.”

Earlier, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Humanitarian Affairs, Mrs. Ifueko Alufokhai, said the state was delighted to receive the truck from NPDC.

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