The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service is known for her tremendous effort towards protecting lives and properties, efficient service delivery in the fulfillment of the security and governance sixth pillar of the THEMES Agenda under the Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
The Director of the Agency, Adeseye Margaret Abimbola in her mid-year activity report revealed that the Agency is the first and major responder to emergency/disaster in the State and has been committed to being same.
She declared that a total of 1,462 (One thousand, four hundred and sixty-two) emergencies from the month of January to June, 2023 were recorded. The distress calls included: Fire – 924, Rescue – 92, Salvage – 41, Explosion – 3, Building Collapse – 2 and False Calls – 400.
Furthermore, Adeseye disclosed in the mid-year activity report that the agency rescued a total of 177 (One hundred and seventy seven) victims alive while 42 (forty two) were recovered suspected dead. The estimated properties saved is about N87.72 B (Eighty-seven billion and seventy- two million naira) leaving the properties loss to N14.62B (Fourteen billion and sixty two million naira).
She opined that Fire incidences increased indiscriminately from same period compared to previous year; Investigations revealed that carelessness and negligence were the major causes of the disaster. She also noted that there was increase in unfavorable calls that keep occurring due to the change of strategy in the attendance to distress calls without double-checking for false calls. Other factors include climate change and proliferation of domestic gas usage due to spread in use as alternative fuel, which also contributed to the increase of fire outbreaks.
The Fire boss therefore urge the public to desist from habits that may put unnecessary pressure on the Fire Service operations in the state while assuring that the agency has what it takes to ensure mitigation of fire outbreaks.
She concluded by urging Lagosians to be safety conscious especially with the advent of the gas as the alternative source of fuel which has come to stay.
Deputy Director Public Affairs
Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service
10th June, 2023