Fire Service Appeals For More Budgetary Allotment
By Dudu M. Kamara
MONROVIA, June 11 (LINA) – The Director General of the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS), Alex Dixon, has called on the government to increase the budgetary allotment of the entity so that it can efficiently operate.
He described the management of fire outbreaks as “very serious,” noting that fighting fire cannot be effective with the current budgetary allotment.According to Dixon, the entity currently has an allotment of US$1.5 million which, he said, is inadequate to settle administrative, logistical and operational costs of the agency.
He made the call recently when he addressed the regular Ministry of Information press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
Recounting challenges being faced by the entity, Dixon said: “The issue of fighting fire is serious to the extent that we have only two fire trucks for our 12 stations across the country.”
The LNFS Director also named the lack of logistics coupled with the constraints the fire fighters face as a result of congested building constructions in and around the city which leave absolutely no space or passage for fire fighters to move into communities during fire outbreaks.
“Prior to the coming in of the CDC government, the Liberia National Fire Service had only one fire truck to combat fire outbreaks in the entire country,” Dixon said.
It can be recalled that the government recently provided the LNFS with a fire truck, bringing to two the total number of trucks owned by the LNFS in the country.
Meanwhile, Dixon has revealed that the service will within few months receive five fire trucks to enhance its operations.
He, however, did not state the source of the five trucks.