The Lagos State Government says its Fire Service Department saved property worth N76.9 billion from destruction in the last 12 months.
Mr Oluseye Oladejo, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, made this disclosure at the 2018 ministerial press briefing to mark the three years of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode in the office.
Oladejo said the Fire Service Department received a total of 1,282 emergency calls, comprising of 980 fire calls, 202 rescue calls and 83 false calls between March 2017 to February 2018.
He said in spite of the number of incidents recorded, the department was able to respond promptly to the emergencies, thereby saving lots of lives and property.
“Within the period under review, the government also rehabilitated and upgraded 225 old fire hydrants to provide easy access to water supply for firemen during firefighting and rescue operations.
“The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) also responded to numerous fire incidents, road accidents, flooding, illegally parked trucks, gas explosion/emission among other emergencies.
“In the process, the agency has saved lots of lives and property worth millions of naira,” the commissioner said.
He said the government would begin the removal of all abandoned vehicles on roads to complement emergency recovery efforts and prevent mishaps on streets and major highways in the state.
He said the move was aimed at further addressing traffic de-congestion and averting security challenges associated with abandoned vehicles.
“The governor has approved the creation of Vehicle Recovery Unit to solely manage the removal of abandoned vehicles on the roads, and the unit will soon take-off.”
The commissioner said that said Gov Ambode had approved the recruitment of additional 150 firefighters to join the newly inducted 100 and 70 ad-hoc staff of LASEMA.
According to him, this is part of the efforts to improve the functionality of Fire Service and to efficiently manage disasters in the state.