The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday called for collaboration of the Federal Capital Territory Fire Service (FCT-FS) to enable it to promptly respond to emergencies.
According to him, the FCT Fire Service is a critical organisation to NEMA.
“Without it, NEMA’s response to emergency may not be completed, if there are no working relationship between the two agencies within the territory.
“The frequency of fire disaster is much, and fire service is the lead agency as far as this is concerned.
“It is, therefore, important that we collaborate and work together to operate on the same page.
“We have to operate together; we don’t want to wait until fire incidents start to happen, so we need to begin the collaboration now.
“We have always work in collaboration with FCT Fire Service.
“But, today’s visit is to strengthen our earlier agreement; it is just a reminder to tighten our bond for effective cooperation in terms of response to disaster,” he said.
Responding, the Acting Director, FCT Fire Service, Mr Sani Sa’idu, said that the two organisations were just like twins in terms of response to disasters.
Sa’idu said that the two organisations would work together to ensure the protection of lives and property, particularly for that of residents of the Federal Capital.
Sa’idu said that his office would push for laws to compel all residential and corporate buildings within FCT to have emergency numbers of disasters’ response organisations pasted on their buildings to make it easy for them to call during emergency.
The acting director said that such idea would compel emergency officers like the fire officers to do their works.