Fire Service Director Seeks Nigeria’s Support In Abuja

The Director of the Liberia National Fire Service, Col. Alex Dickson, has declared that his country is interested in collaborating with Nigeria’s Federal Fire Service (FFS) on capacity building.

Col. Dickson spoke when he paid a courtesy visit to Liman Ibrahim, controller-general of the FFS, on Friday.

Ibrahim, who received Liberia’s fire service chief at the FFS headquarters in Abuja, conducted him around the facilities of the service.

Col. Dickson commended the efforts of the Nigerian government in repositioning the Federal Fire Service.

The visiting Liberian fire chief expressed his delight and also appealed for support from the Federal Fire Service in the areas of capacity building.

Col. Dickson said, “Liberia, as a country still recovering from its past civil unrest, has a lot to learn from Nigeria on the repositioning of its Fire department, especially with regards to administrative structure and rapid transformation, seeing how the Federal Fire Service, within a short period of time, has been able to transform from a moribund Fire Service to one of the best in Africa.”

Liman, in his response, told the visiting fire service chief that from 2015 till date, the FFS has moved from three firefighting trucks to over 150 state-of-the-art modern firefighting trucks.

“The Service has also increased its staff strength to over 5,000 firefighters manning fire stations across the country, a feat which was achieved by the determination of the present leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Liman is quoted as saying.

The controller-general also said the service has developed a template for robust capacity building for officers that have made it possible for frequent training of firefighters locally and internationally.

While expressing his appreciation, Liman told Col, Dickson that Nigeria is willing to provide the necessary support required to revamp the Liberian fire service.



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