Mr Rasaq Fadipe, the Director, Lagos State Fire Service, on Friday said that the state government had installed 50 new fire hydrants to boost fire fighting operations.
He told the Newsmen in Lagos that the 350 existing hydrants were being reactivated.
“We have completed the installation of the 50 new ones and out of the 350 old ones, 250 had been reactivated so far.
“The old hydrants were installed underground, but we are now bringing them out to prevent low water pressure when drawing water from them,’’ he said.
He said that the hydrants would be put to use after completion of the rehabilitation.
Fadipe listed places where the hydrants were located to include Opebi/Allen Avenue, Governor’s Road, Alausa, Secretariat, Awolowo Road and Isaac John Street, Ikeja GRA.
The fire fighting facility is also installed at Demurin Street, Alapere; Ajiboye Estate, Fadiya Street and Ogunshowobo Street, Ketu.
There are some at old Oko Oba, Alaramimu Street, Onike, Agege/Ipaja Road and Iyana Sachi Saw Mill.
He said that dearth of funds had delayed the completion of reactivation works on some of the old hydrants.
Fadipe warned motorists against parking in front of any fire hydrant, while shops should not be erected to obstruct the use of the hydrants.
He said that the law empowered the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) to arrest anybody and impound any vehicle obstructing the fire hydrants.
The Director of the Lagos State Fire Service said that the service was enlightening the public on the need to leave the fire hydrants alone. Reports have it that fire hydrants are water points, specially constructed to enable fire service men draw water whenever they have emergency operations.