The Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, (LPRC), as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility has equipped it s Heath safety and Environment, (HSE), section which has the company’s fire fighters are a part.
Fire men of the refinery have over the years fought fire with bravery as they continue to save lives and properties and are no doubt considered the best in the country.
One major undertaking by the company’s fire men was on Wednesday, April 24, when fire gutted the Fouani Brothers business and dwelling center in Jo-Hanssen waterside. The fire which occurred as a result of electric fault led to the building being collapsed with several persons entrapped and lives lost.
The LPRC fire fighters, who along with folks from the Liberia National Fire Service and the National Port Authority fought the fire for hours with the LPRC fire men staying to the end, were honored on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in the company’s Training hall.
The company’s management hailed the fire men for the bravery with Deputy Managing Director for Operations, Aaron J. Wheagar, I recommending that there be an emergency exit in all buildings and there be continuous fire awareness programs.
He also noted that he was thankful that there is much transformation as the safety section has since being transformed to the Health, Safety and Environment section. “I want to thank you for your resilience and bravery during the fire disaster at the Fouani Brothers”, Mr. Wheagar noted.
Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Jackson Fiah Doe, Jr. said he was happy that the LPRC was not just about petroleum products but also about people and also commended the fire men for a job well done.
Managing Director T. Nelson Williams, II indicated that the fire men were blessed as there was no death on their side.
“When I heard of the fire that evening, I was communicating and asked people to pray. Thereafter, the shower of blessing came and our fire men were saved.Others said they were lucky, bit I said they were blessed, Mr. Williams narrated”.
He then promised to double the commitment made to the fire men as they went beyond the call of duty.
Workers Union Vice President Eric Sayee also thanked management for motivating the fire men and promised that the union will be supportive of the fire men always.
The LPRC management and fire men then proceeded to the headquarters of the Liberia National Fire Service on Carey Street as a means of sympathizing with them due to the death of two of the fire fighters, Nathaniel Wesseh and Francis Sewon as a result of the Fouani Brothers fire incident.
Presenting a certificate of condolence, LPRC boss T. Nelson Williams, II said they were with the Fire & Safety family in such a difficult period and promised to be supportive of their work always. He then promised to work with them in giving the fallen two a befitting farewell.
Upon receiving the certificate, the Director of the National Fire Service, G. Warsuah Barvoul thanked the LPRC for the visit and the condolence message and also hailed the company for continuously honoring their call whenever there is fire.
Those honored from the LPRC as Rescue Team members were; Samuel Sawboe, Nyeah Tarpeh, Sayon Sarplah, Samuel Donald and Amos Bartu.