Investigation reveals that the National Fire Service of Liberia during 2014 fought 165 fire incidents across the country in keeping with its mandate to save life and property.
With series of impediments that hindered the operations of the Service, the brave men and women of the institution still braved the storm or fire and worked tirelessly to extinguish the blaze.
The major accomplishment according to many Liberians was the awareness campaign that the institution kicked-off along with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) and the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) in 2014.
The fire safety activity brought into birth regular inspection of various types of occupancies and vehicles, providing education for precautionary and protective measures; that are necessary to ensure safety from fire. That exercise was carried out in communities, schools and at hatai shops, via radios and televisions under the theme; ‘Let’s stop the fire before it starts’.
The NFS was also involved in the UNMIL drawdown exercise. The Gardnersville sub station was dedicated, five jungle bikes were bought for five regions to enable the regional commanders to patrol and carry out the awareness in their regions.
During the past year, the NFS in partnership with a team of European Fire officers developed a risk assessment which to the development of a Master Plan, was geared towards re-vitalization of the Service.
In the midst of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the NFS is still fighting fires, educating Liberians on how to prevent fires and still inspecting vehicles, homes, buildings to ensure that more lives are saved and fires are prevented.
Speaking to this paper at the end of the year, the Director of NFS, G. WarsuwahBarvoul, Sr., confirmed that electrical fires are still the leading cause of fires in the country and alluded it to the usage of generators in many homes across the country. He said these generators are usually operated by untrained individuals which are the main causes of short circuits that lead to fires and the unconscious burning of candles.