In Nasarawa Fire Service records 33 distress calls in 2 months – Official

He said that only one out of the distress calls recorded by the fire service during the period, did not result into a fire incident.

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Alhaji Dogara Dalhatu, Nasarawa State Chief Fire Officer, said that the state fire service received 33 distress calls between January and February 2017.

He said this in an interview with newsmen in Lafia on Wednesday.

Dalhatu described the rate of the distress calls as alarming and worrisome.

He said that only one out of the distress calls recorded by the fire service during the period, did not result into a fire incident.

The fire service chief said that the service recorded 19 distress calls in January, 14 in February, making a total of 33 distress calls in two months.

“The rate of fire outbreaks from January till date is alarming."

“Alarming in the sense that in January alone, we recorded 19 distress calls while we recorded 14 distress calls in February."

“Out of the 33 calls, fire alone was about 32, while rescue was only one,’’ he said.

Dalhatu attributed factors such as high humidity, high voltage, misuse and congesting electrical gadgets in one socket and hoarding of petroleum products in homes as major causes of fire outbreaks in the state.

“Also children playing with fire crackers also caused the fire outbreaks."

“When they used it and mixed it with combustible materials, it ignites and there will be fire outbreak."

“Some others engage in frying of cashew nuts in bushy areas, which also leads to fire outbreak,’’ he said.

Dalhatu appealed to residents of the state to always contact fire service officials the moment they notice a fire outbreak.

He advised that they should not take the risk of putting out a fire which they might not have the knowledge of how to go about it.

“To a layman, when he sees fire, he believes fire is fire."

“We professionals do not think so. Fire outbreaks are categorised."

“There are certain fire you cannot use ordinary water to quench. That is why we advise that the victims should immediately call us when there is an outbreak,’’ he said.

Dalhatu advised residents to also ensure that they have fire extinguishers in their homes and get the prerequisite knowledge of how to use the gadgets to fight fire, while expecting fire fighters for back-up.

He also said victims of fire incidents should not panic whenever they encounter a fire outbreak.

Dalhatu said they should remain calm, move to a safe location and contact fire fighters immediately, “as every minute counts’’.

He appealed to the state government to provide more fire stations, especially in big towns and state capitals like: Lafia, Akwanga, Keffi and Nasarawa, so that fire rescue missions could be successful.

The chief fire officer also appreciated Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State for making efforts to complete the new Fire Service headquarters project in Lafia.

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