Sanwo-Olu inaugurates three new fire stations

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has inaugurated three newly-built fire stations. He promised that three others will be ready before the end of the year.

Sanwo-Olu physically opened the Ebute-Elefun Fire Station in Lagos Island and virtually opened the Oba Gbolahan Lawal Oniru Station, Lekki as well as the Ajegunle Fire Station in Ajegunle. He also opened the upgraded Fire Service Headquarters in Alausa.

The Governor described the event as ”a fulfillment of his administration’s commitment to the protection of lives and property of our citizens.”

He noted: “Two years ago, a performance assessment study of all first responders was done and gaps limiting the effectiveness of their response to emergencies were identified. One of the challenges identified was the inadequate fire stations for a growing state like ours.

”Fire outbreak is an emergency that can only be prepared for, but the time, speed, and scale at which it will happen cannot be pre-determined. This is where response time is critical as it can make a lot of difference between life and death.

”Therefore, to enable fire responders to reduce the distance and overcome other unplanned encumbrances on the way to the fire scene, the idea of having at least one fire station in each of the 20 local government areas was conceived.

“Three of the six fire stations approved for construction, along with the headquarters, are being opened and handed over today. The remaining three stations at Ijede, Kosofe, and Ijegun will be completed and delivered before May 2023.

“We are convinced that the construction of new fire stations will allow quicker response to emergencies within their specific area of coverage because proximity to incident locations is very crucial to rescue and safety operations. With the new facilities, firemen will get to the theatre of operations at record time.”



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