Lagos; In line with global safety standards, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc; the pan-African banking group, has acquired a state-of-the-art fire fighting truck, capable of fighting fire incidents in all conditions. The vehicle, acquired by the bank, among other advanced fire fighting machines, is in further demonstration of its commitment to ensuring a safe and conducive working environment at all times.
Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, Group Director of Resources , UBA PLC said during the testing of the equipment in Lagos that the NAFFCO Fire truck machine, a 6 x 4 wheel drive Mercedes Benz Actross 3332, is equipped with auxiliary shift for easy maneuvering in all conditions. â€œThough we will deploy the truck for our internal use, it will however be available to complement the services of public fire fighting agencies in Lagos and its environs. As often demonstrated in our various safety in our work place initiatives, including our regular fire drill services, this new acquisition will strength our capability to respond to emergenciesâ€ Uzoka explained.
Mr. Anthony Ezeani, UBAâ€™s Chief Fire Officer, listed features of the truck to include; delivery outlets and an output of 8000 litre per minute, equipped with RME 200 Hale, an American centrifugal type with normal pressure. The vehicle, according to Ezeani, has capability to use water and foam to fight fire. Foam is the only fire extinguisher that can fight combustible liquid like diesel, kerosene and various industrial oil with little or no health hazard.
Other features designed to guarantee the safety of the firemen and people trapped during a fire outbreak, according to him, include a monitor with which the driver can engage high rise fire, even without the assistance of firemen since it can cover 270 degrees; a search light that can illuminate any dark vicinity caused by smoke, thus making fire fighting very easy, even in obscured scenes; several life support firefighting equipment like breathing apparatus, fire suit, headgear, eye protection goggles and leather safety boots.