By: Antoinette Sendolo
The government of Liberia through the Liberia National Fire Service yesterday received several fire fighting equipment from the Fire Rescue Alliance in Brooklyn Park, MN USA.
The ceremony marking the official turning over of the fire fighting equipment was held at the Capitol Building where Vice President, Joseph N Boakai, received the equipment on behalf of the government.
Fire Rescue Alliance has been partnering with the Liberia National Fire Service for a little over three years and has completed two major projects in Liberia according to Chief Ken Prillaman of the Fire Rescue Alliance.
Items received by the Liberia National fire Service were a truck, ambulance and uniforms amongst others.
Speaking during the turning over program, the Commander of the Fire Rescue Alliance disclosed that members of the Liberia National Fire Service are willing to save lives and properties in the country but that they lack adequate equipment something he said is hindering the work of fire fighters in Liberia.
He noted that the government needs to do more in order to prevent the rate of fire outbreaks in the country by equipping the fire fighters and avoid the loss of lives and properties due to fire incidents across the country.
Commander Prillaman added that fire fighting is very important therefore, it should be prioritized by the government and people of Liberia.
Also speaking was Vice President, Joseph N Boakai, who lauded the Fire Rescue Alliance for its level of partnership and support to the Liberia National Fire Service in helping them save lives and properties in the country.
The Vice President then called on all Liberians to recognize the importance of fire fighting and help in the process of reducing the rate of damages done by fire in Liberia.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice, Christian Tarr, noted that government needs to organize training for Liberians on the safety measures to apply in order to avoid the continuous occurrence of fire incidents.
She extended her thanks to the Fire Rescue Alliance for the level of training given the Liberia National Fire Service and urged the members of LNFS to use the skills acquired wisely.
The Fire Rescue Alliance also used the occasion to certificate Vice President Boakai, Minister Tarr amongst others for the support to the process.
The partnership between the Fire Rescue Alliance and the Liberia National Fire Service was done through the professional influence of the Liaison officer of FRA, Mr. Samuka Kiakulo who is a Liberian based in the United States of America.