The Federal Fire Service, FFS, says it saved 1,453 lives and property worth N1.35 trillion in 2020.
The Controller General, CG, FFS, Dr Liman Ibrahim stated this in Abuja at a media briefing said the Service also responded to 3,555 fire calls while the Country lost property worth N32.12 billion naira the same year.
According to the statistics, government buildings recorded 543 incidents while private dwellings recorded 1382 fire incidents.
Also affected were educational establishments, shops, hotels and event centres among others.
The Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Dr Liman Ibrahim listed the supposed causes of the fire outbreaks.
“574 fire incidents were caused by faulty electrical equipment, 245 by power surges, 51 by candles, 181 by cigarette stubs and bush fires, 404 by accident and arson as well as several other causes,” the CG said.
Dr. Ibrahim said as part of efforts to reduce fire incidents in the country, the Federal Government had concluded plans to establish fire stations in the 109 Senatorial district across the country.
The CG said it had established a technical group to assess oil Tank farm safety in the country to mitigate disasters arising from oil tank farm explosions especially in the south west and south south.
He said the Service will also purchase 89 fire fighting trucks made up of water tenders, 15 ambulances, 25 water tankers and 15 rapid intervention vehicles.
On funding of major projects of the Service for 2021, Dr Liman said there was a section of the NAICOM Act that says certain percentage of money should be given to the fire service at Federal, State and local government levels.
According to the CG, in 2020, the Service inaugurated and deployed 36 state of the art fire fighting trucks across the six geo political zones to compliment the state fire services operations and reduce response time to fires and other related disasters.
Dr. Ibrahim said other landmarks were the establishment of eight National Fire Data Repository Centres, NPDRC, across the six geopolitical zones in the Country for prompt response to emergency calls, deployment of fire fighters tunic worth 6.5 million naira to Bauchi and Kebbi States and synergizing with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy to improve and integrate the Service’s communication with 112.