We are Prepared for Harmattan Season – Lagos state Fire Service

The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service (LSFRS) has announced that it's all set to deal with any fire emergencies in the upcoming harmattan season.
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Mr. Shakiru Amodu, the Public Relations Officer of LSFRS, made this commitment during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on a Friday in Lagos.

Amodu noted that preparations for the harmattan season were well underway, given the service's awareness that this time of year typically sees an increase in fire incidents.

“It is our peak period and we always have double preparation in place.

“Our fire and safety preparation campaign is usually all-year round but periodically, we try to double our efforts because it is the ’ember’ months.

“Though we must state that harmattan does not cause fire, it, however, helps to spread it at the speed of light.

“We have started our fire education drill campaign and this is taking us to every sector of the economy and to the populace so that they can know what is expected of them,” he said.

Amodu noted that over the years, some people did not actually know what to do in times of emergency.

“We are starting from the government and agencies to markets, parks and public places like shopping malls, mosques and churches.

“All these are what we are putting together, which we will roll out any moment from now,” Amodu said.

Amodu, who called the airport the nation's entry point, noted that the organization paid attention to the facility by placing fire stations around the area.

He mentioned that the fire department received 62 fire vehicles, which included rapid intervention units and traditional fire engines.

“We have fire tankers in 10,000 and 20,000 water capacity. We also have the sky lift area ladder fire fighting to fight fire in high rise buildings. So in terms of equipment and training, we are on top.

“We also have fire fighters who have been trained both locally and internationally,” Amodu said.

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