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The Federal Fire Service has the statutory responsibility for Rescue, Fire Prevention, Mitigation, Firefighting Paramedic and information services to all Nigerians irrespective of status or ethnic belonging in order to minimize the possibility of loss of life and property to fire and other emergencies
The Federal Government Reform of the Fire Services in the Country in 2007 redefined the mandate of Federal Fire Service from active firefighting to that of passive firefighting and as a regulatory Agency. However, this reform is being looked into in view of the omission of the role of the Service during a National Emergency. Coupled to this is the omission of the Service in the 1999 Constitution listing. This error will be amended in the on-coming review of the Constitution.
In the current reform, the States are to take care of day-to-day emergencies within their jurisdiction which implies that the operational arm of the Service in both Lagos and FCTA have to be ceded. In spite of the efforts made to hand-over operational arm of the Service to Lagos State and FCTA, the process had met with resistance. The Lagos State Government insisted on being given some funds to repair the Fire Stations before they could be taken over. In addition, the State has refused taking over the men. The situation is the same with FCTA that has equally refused taking over the men. This situation has called for a review of the directive by the Council with a view to repositioning the Service.
The Service carries out operational activities in both Lagos and Abuja which comprises daily turning out to fire scenes and routine fire prevention programme. The Council directive which could not be fully implemented has made it impossible to improve the state of the fire stations since 2007.
Mindful of its mandate of policy setting, regulation, capacity building and manpower development, the Federal Fire Service in conjunction with the Ministry of Interior inaugurated the National Council on Fire on the 11th of August, 2008. The Council which comprises membership from both the Federal and the States is the apex policy making body on Fire in the country. The Honourable Minister of Interior is the Chairman of this Council.
The Federal Fire Service in collaboration with other emergency responders and NEMA articulated and developed the National Search and Rescue and Epidemic Evacuation Plan, a document which was approved by the Vice President, on the 25th September, 2008. This document spelt out the operating procedure for different disaster scenarios.
Development of guidelines for licensing of Private Fire Service and the regulation of Fire Consultants had been complete. This will provide private participation in the areas of fire fighting, fire prevention, rescue and paramedics.
· TRAINING AND MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT
In order to provide the environment for the proper training of fire-fighters in the country, Government had approved the establishment of the National Fire Academy in Sheda, Abuja. The following projects are currently on-going at the site:
i. Administrative block
ii. Staff Quarter
· PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT
The Service has embarked on an intensive Fire Safety Awareness and Education Campaign through the electronic media (NTA, AIT and FRCN) using enlightenment jingles, spotlights and documentary programme in English and three Nigerian languages to reach out to the public. This is to enhance reduction in the frequency of fire outbreaks with the attendant losses.