The Director, Kaduna State Fire Service, Mr Adamu Kadams has urged people in the state to stop harassing firemen and preventing them from discharging their duties.
The director made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Kaduna.
He was reacting to series of attacks on the firemen by residents whenever the officials responded to distress calls.
“People should appreciate the service of the firemen instead of throwing stones at them when they arrive at fire zones.
“ The fire service officers are your friends; we have been given the chance to serve the people of the state so please allow us to do our job.”
Kadams attributed the delay in their ability to respond to distress calls on time to distance and inadequate manpower.
“Distance is a challenge as some roads are not friendly and fire will not wait till the firemen get there.”
The director urged the state government to recruit more firemen to replace those that died or were retired, so as to bridge the manpower shortage being experienced by the service.
“I have 102 staff across the state and will need more to meet up to the challenges in the years ahead.”
To bridge the gap, Kadams said the department had commenced the training of individuals, market women and corporate bodies on the management of fire outbreaks.
“The fire service is training individuals, market people and corporate bodies on fire fighting so as to contain fire outbreaks before the firemen arrive.”
He said the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) was also working on a plan to sensitise the public on the importance of cooperating and supporting fire fighters to carry out their duties without molestation. (NAN)