The Lagos State Fire Service on Thursday solicited for the support and corporation of every individual or group of persons in minimizing the vulnerability to fire incidents and promotion of swift service delivery, so as to prevent unwanted destruction of lives and property. 

This call was made by the State Director of Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe during the commemoration of the year 2017 Fire Fighter’s Day celebration held at the state capital. 
The event which was themed; ‘Fire Fighters, Extraordinary Men, Unwavering Commitments’.

According to the fire boss the commemoration was to showcase the dedication, readiness and commitment of the officials  in response to distress calls at all times and further exhibit the efforts of government to promote a safety culture and imbibe the values of collective responsibility against the one man show syndrome of the past. 

The directorate in the last two years has re-strategized and adopted a holistic approach to fire safety campaign by reaching out and engaging the youths in the its enlightenment safety campaign, so as to encourage positive attitudinal behavior and create community networks, Increase youth involvement; expend their knowledge of potential threats and ensuring that they know how to report appropriately to the authorities and also educate their families and neighbors to be safety conscious.   
This move according to Fadipe is yielding positive results, while government is also matching words with action by formulating and implementing safety oriented policies and programmes. 
“To meet the growing population of the state and enhance accessibility and proximity of the grassroots to fire facilities, additional four new fire stations were established and strategically located across the state to serve the needs of the residence. Presently the State can boost of 15 functional Fire Stations across the State and all are readily equipped with the state of the art modern fire fighting equipments as well as continuous human capacity training exercise to prepare the officials for incident management and all other related crisis associated with mega city status of Lagos State” Fadipe explained.

Reiterating that in combating fire, members of public also have roles to play such as instant calls to the Fire Service during Fire or other related Emergencies, giving right of ways to fire engines, sharing necessary or helpful information to the officials, clearing off condoned incident scenes as well as rendering necessary assistance. 
He further listed the following as challenges militating against the swift and effective response of Fire Service to emergency operations; streets gating, street urchins monetary claims before safety operation, traffic congestion, late Calls and other unforeseen barriers that have been depriving Firefighters quick access to some scenes of emergency.

He thereby appealed to the public to desist from damaging government facilities as lots of tax payers money were expended in providing the amenities for the safety use of Lagosians and also explained the negative consequences of unwarranted but coordinated attacks on firemen as an indirect denial of other people. 
He assured of the readiness of the officers to serve whenever call upon. 

The week long activities which included a seminar, Jumat service and inter denominational service was ended by visitation and presentation of gifts and celebration plaques to M.D Special School at Omole, Agidingbi Junior Grammar School, Ikeja, Government Technical College also at Ikeja and  rounded it off with a street rally in the state.
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