The Controller General (CG) of Federal Fire Service, (FFS), Dr Liman Ibrahim has warned against attacking fire fighters and destruction of fire trucks by members of the public.
He said the incessant attacks of fire fighters and destruction of fire trucks by members of the public for alleged late arrival during fire incidents had become worrisome occurrence.
The Controller General, on Tuesday, while felicitating all firefighters in Nigeria and around the world on this year’s International Firefighters’ day (IFFD), asked citizens to imbibe the attitude of appreciating and supporting firefighters for sacrifices they make in saving life and property during emergencies.
He said he was saddened by the attitude of some citizens who were fond of attacking firefighters at fire scenes, but took the opportunity of the occasion to call on them to desist from the constant attack of firefighters and destruction of fire trucks at fire scenes, lamenting that the act did not encourage firefighters who risk their lives to save life and property.
International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed on May 4th and was instituted after a proposal was e-mailed across the world on January 4th, 1999, following the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a bushfire in Australia.
This unfortunate incident was what inspired JJ Edmondson to bring about an international holiday, called International Firefighters’ Day, to support the lives lost as well as dedicated fire fighters who risk their lives every day while saving lives and property.
The CG, specially eulogized the fallen heroes, firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty, and prayed that God would continue to grant them eternal rest and give their loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.
He said they might be no more but they remained alive in the hearts of those they sacrificed their lives for.
The Controller General took the opportunity of the occasion of the IFFD to appreciate all Nigerian firefighters at all levels, serving and retired for all their sacrifices in ensuring the safety of life and property.