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FG to procure six aircrafts to fight fire incidents

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday said that Federal Government is planning to procure an aircraft in each of the six geopolitical zones of the country to fight wildfires, bushfires, and other large-scale fires.

Aregbesola said this while delivering his speech at the commissioning of the Metropolitan Fire Station, Kubwa, Abuja on Tuesday.

“The prime challenge of the Federal Fire Service FFS is on combating wildfires, bushfires and other largescale fires requiring aerial attacks.

“We have initiated an arrangement with the Nigeria Airforce to use their planes to waterbomb fires of that nature from the air. It is my sincere hope that the Service will see this through.

The minister said, “Our projection is to have our own aircraft in the six geo-political zones of the country.’’

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Speaking about the Metro Fire Station, Aregbesola said it is positioned strategically in the suburban Kubwa District for rapid fire and rescue interventions to the community in a much shorter life-saving time.

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“One can almost be sure of a rise in the awareness level of people in the community of fire protection and prevention through fire safety enlightenment campaigns that would be on the steady in and around the axis.

“This beautiful edifice housing the Metropolitan Fire Station is the first of its kind in the history of Nigeria. We have all gathered here today to commission one of the 13 Metropolitan Stations spread across the country and at various stages of completion,” he said.

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