Lagos State government yesterday marked the 2016 international fire fighter’s day, by extending its fire safety advocacy awareness campaign to Lagos schools and streets to raise fire safety consciousness in the minds of the youngsters across the state.
Fielding questions from journalists after the walk across Lagos metropolis being part of activities lined up for the celebration of the day, the director, Lagos Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe bemoaned the increasing rate of fire incidences in recent time across the state.
Fadipe said the exercise was meant to celebrate the heroes who died in active service, disclosing that over 500 fire related emergencies were responded to between January and April this year.
While debunking reports attributing majority of fire incidences across the state to activities of market men and women he hinted that carelessness on the part of the citizenry is a major cause.
He expressed the hope that series of advocacy programme being embarked upon by the state government will help correct the anomaly and ultimately reduce fire outbreaks to the barest minimum.