The Assistant Divisional Officer of the National Fire Force, Julius W. Kondoh has disclosed that the National Fire Force lacks enough fire engines to enable them perform their duty effectively and efficiently. He called on the government and donors to provide more fire engines for the National Fire Force Fire to enhance their operational capacity.”We have trained and qualified staff but we do not have enough engines to do our work effectively” he exclaimed.
Speaking to Awoko newspaper in an exclusive interview on Wednesday 25th March, Mr. Kondoh said despite the fact that they are operating with limited fire engines they were able to successfully extinguish two major fire incidents that occurred at Magazine Cut and Kissy over the week end. The Assistant Divisional Officer explained that in their investigation on the cause of the fire accident at Magazine Cut they were able to ascertain that the unfortunate incident was due to complete carelessness of one woman who was burning palm oil on an exposed fire. The said palm oil was over burnt to an extent that it caught fire which they were unable to control and that led to the destruction of three houses at the Magazine Cut. He also stated that the Fire Force is investigating the cause of the fire accident that took place at the Quarry in the Kissy community which has led to the death of thirteen (13) people including one police officer. Mr. Kondoh further explained that no fire fighter from Fire Force was injured in any of the accidents. Current medical report from Connaught hospital has revealed that more death is imminent.
Mr. Julius .W.Kondoh highlighted a lot of problems that they are faced with in trying to locate scenes of fire accidents. One of such is the human and vehicular traffic in the city which in most cases affect their timely arrival at fire scenes. He however, extends appreciation to the Sierra Leone Police who have been trying their best to control the traffic to allow them easy access to places of fire accidents. He advised the public to ensure that flammable substances are handled with care and most importantly to refrain from the use of exposed fire like candles. Fuel stations must always keep sand in bags in case of any fire accident.