The Acting Chief Fire Officer of the National Fire Force Nazril Ahmad Kamanda-Bongay has on Tuesday 11th February 2009 disclosed to this press that the Fire Force has started expanding its operations to district headquarter towns of Kono, Kambia and Moyamba.
Speaking in his office at the National Headquarters at Tower Hill, Mr. Kamanda-Bongay said that a skeletal staff has already been deployed at the three district headquarters to start sensitizing the people in those areas about fire prevention.
This is welcome news for people living in these areas as this is the first time they are experiencing such development.
He added that the cities of Freetown, Bo and Makeni are well protected incase of any fire outbreak.
The Fire Force boss made it clear that they have no power to stop fire accidents from occurring but they however, have the responsibility to sensitize the public on fire prevention.
He went on to say that the National Fire Force is constantly engaging the media and schools to educate and sensitize the populace on how to use fire safely.
He pointed out that they have been commended by people in the Western Area for their good work.
In spite of all the hard work they have been doing the Force is confronted with numerous challenges.
Among many others are limited fire hydrants to stimulate operation, water problem and a host of many others.
Human and vehicular traffic have been major factors of delay to get on to scenes of fire accident. Mr. Kamanda- Bongay further stated that the public is in the habit of informing the headquarters very late about fire incidents.
He urged the public to try as best as possible to inform the Fire Force Office of any fire incident as soon as it begins as this will help them to efficiently handle the fire accident.
Meanwhile a couple of fire incidences in the Kissy, and Fourah Bay communities in the east-end of Freetown have left over seventy people homeless and millions of Leones worth of property destroyed in a series of fatal fire accidents.
By William E.I. Freeman