The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, in collaboration with the Lagos State Safety Commission, has officially launched the 2023 Fire Prevention Campaign, focusing on raising awareness in public marketplaces under the theme “Mitigating Fire Risk through Fire Prevention.”
The inaugural event, held at the renowned Balogun Market, featured Mr. Lanre Mojola, Director General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, and Adeseye Margret, Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service ablely represented by Deputy Director II, Alelamole Abiola.
Day 1 of the campaign extended its advocacy to Docemo, Oju-Olobun, Jankara, and Cairo Market in Oshodi. This comprehensive effort is set to continue throughout the week, covering major markets across the metropolis.
Addressing the media, Mr. Lanre Mojola emphasized the pivotal role of market traders in ensuring market safety. He stressed the importance of instilling a safety culture within and around marketplaces, with the aim of positively influencing both traders and customers.
Adeseye reported that the Fire and Rescue Service has responded to 12 market-related calls this year due to negligence, highlighting the pressing need to sensitize the market populace. This is especially crucial as the Harmattan season approaches, bringing with it an increased risk of fire outbreaks.
She further urged market dwellers to adhere to safety warnings and promptly report any emergencies to the State’s toll-free numbers 767 or 112. The ongoing sensitization builds upon the simulation exercises initiated a few weeks ago involving public servants and market traders. The program is set to extend to various segments of the public, reaching beyond marketplaces and into grassroots communities.
Deputy Director, Public Affairs
Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service
November 22, 2023