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The Liberia National Fire Service and the Ministry of Commerce have embarked on a process to make sure every car plying the streets of Monrovia has fire extinguisher onboard as part of public safety measure. National Fire Service Director, G. Warsuwah Barvoal, said the LNFS has quenched 177 fire cases since January to October, 157 of them in Montserrado County along and 20 cases in other counties.

Director Barvoal also said that since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the fire service has brought under control many fire incidents in various communities, including Stephen Tolbert Estate, Fendell, and Peace Island, among others. He said the LNFS provided five motorbikes for its five zones in Monrovia to carry out fire awareness and educate residents on the deadly Ebola virus.

He said training programs are being conducted in various communities to educate residents how to response to fire outbreak before the arrival of fire fighters as well as to train journalists to educate the public on fire preventive measures.

According to the Fire Service boss, electricity or electrical shocks is one key cause for fire outbreak in many communities, noting that whenever a fire occurs, the LNFS first conduct test to establish the kind of fire before dispatching materials to off it.

He said in order to avoid fire damaging homes and properties; residents should learn how to prevent fire before it occurs. Director Barvoal reminded that all fires are not off by water, adding that water intensifies electrical fire and only foam substance is suitable to fight fire caused by electrical shocks.

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