Bayelsa Federal Fire Service Command Cautions Residents to be Safety Conscious
Reporty By Jide Dominic – As a calculated way of preventing fire outbreak in homes, offices, non-residential apartments and vehicles across Bayelsa state, the Zonal Commander of Federal Fire Service (FFS) , Bayelsa State Command, Igali Felaye has cautioned the general public on the need to be safety conscious at all times.
Igali who stated this while speaking to newsmen on the occasion marking 2023 World Fire Fighters’ Day in Yenagoa noted that the day was quite significant as it is set aside to draw the attention of the public on the proactive measures to be taken to prevent fire outbreaks all around the world.
According to him, the precautionary measures include switching off of all electrical appliances when leaving homes and other non-residential apartments, putting an end to indiscriminate burning of bushes especially during dry seasons, educating children on best ways of handling fire related appliances in kitchens and provision of fire fighting equipments in homes among others.
The Bayelsa FFS Commander also hinted that the command usually organizes programmes to sensitize the public to always display ways of avoiding fire outbreaks, emphasizing that the command had responded swiftly to more than twenty different fire incidents between January to May, 2023 in the state.
He pointed out that the command at the national level also organizes a week long sensitization programme every year when approaching the dry season where owners of business premises are informed of the importance of fire fighting apparatus in thier business premises and homes.
He however highlighted some of the challenges they encounter while discharging their duties which include altitudes of motorists who sometimes refuse to give right of way during emergencies, inability of the people to be handy with the emergency telephone numbers of the command and indiscriminate electrical wirings.
He however used the opportunity to give out the emergency telephone number of the command for distress calls from the general public as 08136058095.