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N4 bn property saved in Imo … Between Dec. 2015 and May 2016 by the State fire service

The Imo State fire service has, between December 2015, and May, 2016, saved from fire, property valued at N4,738,000,000 with two lives lost after being rescued.
According to fire statistics made available to Christian Voice, by the department, a total of 74 calls were received in the period under review comprising 19 residential, seven petrol stations, 18 industrial commercial outfits, 17 public buildings, three markets and others.
Christian Voice observed that low-funding, obsolete equipment, acute shortage of staff and payment of paltry hazard allowance of N10, as the outfit’s major handicaps.
The Imo Fire Service has staff strength of 66 considered inadequate for the state.
But the staff problem will be more acute by the end of the year when 20 staff members, including the incumbent director, will be disengaged from the service, thus leaving it with only 46 workers to man the six stations in Imo State.
A source alleged that the staff morale is very low, alleging also that the state government has a non-challant attitude towards the department, hence “everywhere is grounded”.

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