By: Mark B. Dumbar (Intern)
MONROVIA-The Liberian Government has announced that seven fire trucks will shortly arrive in the country.
The government’s decision to procure the fire trucks is a result of the numerous fire cases and deaths due to fire outbreaks from January to May of this year.
According to a release, the Liberia National Fire and Rescue Service is prepared to receive the seven fire trucks.
The Liberian Government further indicated that the issue of fire outbreaks has now become a national security concern.
The release further disclosed that the government’s recent procurement process is part of President George Manneh Weah’s developmental programs in making a show that the Liberia National Fire and Rescue Service receives equipment to address fire outbreaks.
The release pointed out that currently, the Liberia National Fire and Rescue Service has been operating with six fire trucks in responding to fire outbreak cases within Liberia.
Recently, the Liberia National Fire and Rescue Service graduated 133 firefighters to handle cases of fire outbreaks within various communities in Liberia.
During the event, the Director of the Liberian National Fire and Rescue Service, Col. Alex K. Dickson disclosed that fire outbreaks in the country is a serious national security matter that is being taken seriously by the government.
He mentioned that the fire Department has recorded from January to May of 2022 the total number of fire outbreak cases to 46, while the total number of death is 3.
In addition, the issue of fire incidents in Liberia is mostly caused by electricity within the various communities, due to power theft from residents and insufficient equipment to respond to fire outbreaks immediately.