Acting Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Razak Fadipe, says the service has acquired 30 new fire-fighting vehicles to effectively combat fire outbreaks in the state.

Fadipe said this in Lagos on Friday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the 2012 International Fire-Fighting Day Anniversary.

He expressed the resolve of the service to better its operations, commending the state governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, for revamping the establishment.

“Gov. Fashola has been very supportive of the Fire Service since he assumed office. As we speak, 30 new fire-fighting vehicles have been purchased to boost our operations.

“The vehicles are still in the U.S, but we are going to take delivery of the first batch before the end of the year.

“They are modern fire-fighting vehicles containing foam, air and water, which would better our rescue operations,’’ Fadipe said.

He said that two additional aerial ladders to combat fire outbreaks in high-rise buildings would accompany the vehicles to Nigeria.

“These aerial ladders are very important in a mega-city like Lagos, where we have many high-rise buildings“, the Fire Service chief said.

The Acting Director said the service had introduced two “three-digit toll-free emergency numbers’’ for members of the public in case of fire outbreaks.

“A resident can just dial 767 or 112 from his or her phone, even without airtime, and his or her message will get to the Command Centre for prompt attention,’’ he said.

Fadipe noted also that the relationship between the service and members of the public had improved due to the present state of affairs in the service.

He then urged for the sustenance of such a relationship.(NAN)

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