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We’re committed to combating fire – Agbili



NDI Anambra have been assured of speedy responses to fire emergencies as the state Fire Service continues to avert fire disasters and ensure combating and fighting disaster. As fire and rescue agency, the state fire service owes it as a duty to promote fire safety with the state.

   The Director and  Chief Fire Officer, Anambra State Fire Service, Martin Agbili, stated this when he  led rescue mission to avert fire disaster when a petrol-laden tanker fell into a ditch near MOOB Filling Station, Awka. “The tanker, having  discharged some litres of fuel,  rolled and fell into a ditch, spilling fuel on the road and into the ditch down to St. John of God Secondary School and people swam the area to scoop fuel but for our intervention.

  “We received distress call to discover that a fuel tanker fell into a ditch after discharging fuel. We learnt that the tanker wasn’t in motion when it started rolling and fell into a ditch, spilling fuel everywhere and people started running. We were there on time to disperse people from scooping fuel. We suspected the slippery nature of the road because it just rained that morning. We are not too sure if it was a failure of the hand brake as some people said, but we are yet to ascertain the real cause of the situation.”   

  Mr  Agbili assures ndi Anambra that there is no cause for alarm, even as the dry approach to fire outbreak tendency increases, stating his agency’s readiness to combat fire outbreak with more support from the state. “The state governor, Chief Willie Obiano has promised to supply the agency with more vehicles and equipment to combat fire in the state. Gov. Obiano has prioritised to help the agency in better service delivery.”  The fire boss, urged people at fire scenes to immediately call fire service, so that the agency will attend to it in time, as if they don’t, it will affect the performance of the service.

  Reacting to the fallen tanker spilling fuel, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on NUPENG, Petroleum and Union Matters, Comrade Peter Nwosu, thanked God that the situation was put under control. He urged ndi Anambra not to rush to the scene when a fuel tanker falls, seeing it as avenue to scoop fuel because it is a disaster in the making. “What they should do is to call agencies like fire service people to come to the scene or call my office because our duty is to get another vehicle to do trans-loading. :.”

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