The Director of the Liberia National Fire Service Col. Alex K. Dickson has concluded a two-day assessments visit in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County as part of efforts to reopen the county’s fire station with a fire truck assigned.
a news release issued over the weekend quotes Col. Dickson saying, the fire station in Buchanan has been inactive since 2013 due to the lack of a fire truck.
During the assessment tour, the fire chief held discussion with Grand Bassa County Superintendent JanjayBaikpeh on reopening of the fire station there.
Speaking to reporters in the county, Col. Dickson said based on mandate form President George Manneh Weah, the LNFS thought it prudent to decentralize operations of the Fire Service in Liberia.
According to the release, former Foreign Minister and senatorial aspirant Gbehzohngar M. Findley also played a cardinal role in the reopening of the station.
It described Grand Bassa as the county that has the second most fire incidents next to Montserrado County, stressing a need to reopen the county’s fire station and deploy firemen and truck for quick intervention.
Director Dickson also disclosed that hundred volunteers have been trained and are ready for county assignment.
He cautioned the public against improper use of candles, mosquito coils and generators in homes, while asking residents to take preventive measures to avoid fire outbreaks.
Col. Dickson said at no time fire fighters go to a fire scene to look at the fire before preparing to fight it, saying whenever there is a fire incident that has to do with electricity, the LNFS communicate to the Liberia Electricity Corporation to off breakers in a particular zone to reduce the grade of the fire that would enable fire fighters to successful battle the fire. Editing by Jonathan Browne