FEDERAL Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has revealed plans to procure 20 new fire tenders in addition to an existing 90 and have laid out plans to refurbish all its fire stations in airports across the country to enhance the performance of its fire officers.
This is just as the agency has condoled with families of deceased fire fighters who passed in active service hailing their commitment and sacrifice.
Managing Director FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu made this known at this year’s International Fire Fighters Day in Lagos tagged Heroes Remembrance Ceremony/Parade, where he expressed management’s resolve to providing all the equipment needed to handle emergencies and increase safety tenfold.
He said, “We have over 90 and we are trying to procure at least 20 more that is the plan now because some are aged, some are due for refurbishment, so with the new ones we replace the ones that we feel that we are going to phase out”.
“We are doing this in order to make sure that in the event of emergence, we do not stand in need of anything that is missing because they are our primary emergence response team”.
Capt. Yadudu stated that the fire stations refurbishment will be carried out two or three at a time, adding that training is also on the priority list of the Management.
“Two months ago we commissioned the Abuja training ground even though the Federal Government procured a major equipment in Zaria, which is ours entirely for FAAN to use, this what we are doing and we are doing more”.
Yadudu who laid the wreath at the foot of the fallen fire fighters as a mark of respect, also condoled the families of the departed officers explaining that the international Fire Fighters Day, is to remember the courageous men and women of the ARFFS who have risked their lives in saving and protecting others, he salute their sacrifices and urged them not to relent in the discharge of their duties.
He also said that the agency and the department have reached out to the respective families through condolence letters and visits.
Speaking on the procured fire simulator, Capt. Yadudu said, “the simulator is here for all of us to benefit from, the fire people from FAAN and aviation industry in general, we tend to be more and more aware of it and be appreciative of the initiative and equipment, it is essentially for the benefit of the whole industry”.
He added, ” In the event of emergence, we need the fire fighters to come out and perform before the emergency, we need them to be in top sharp, we need them to be competent, we need them to be fully aware of their responsibility and trained, so that training aspect is what comes up when you are talking about the simulator. We do recurrence at intervals before now, we used to do it outside the country, neighboring countries like Cameroon and FG decided let’s work together and bring the equipment home”.
The FAAN boss called on all officers to be focused and committed to their duties and never allows challenges to weaken their resolve in putting in their best on the job, adding that challenges should not be used as an excuse as this would augur well for the individual’s progress and that of the organization.
“Remain focused, remain committed, this ecosystem will keep working whether MD is here or not, it is a national heritage, national economic asset”.