Liberian Fire Service is seeking collaboration with the Nigerian Federal Fire Service in the area of capacity building to scale up its intervention in disaster management.
The Liberian Fire Service Chief, Colonel Alex Dickson stated this during a visit to the headquarters of the Federal Fire Service, FFS, Abuja.
He said that he was in Nigeria to learn from the successes of the Nigerian Federal Fire Service, commended the effort of the Nigerian Government in repositioning the Federal Fire Service.
Col. Dickson who was received by the Controller GENERAL, CG, of the FFS, Dr. Liman Ibrahim, expressed satisfaction in what he saw in Nigeria after being conducted round the Fire Service headquarters to see the infrastructures and facilities of the Service .
The visiting Liberian Fire Chief who expressed delight with the visit said Liberian as a country still recovering from its past civil unrest, has a lot to learn from Nigeria on the repositioning of its Fire Department especially with regards to administrative structure and rapid transformation seeing how the FFS within a short period transformed from a moribund Fire Service to one of the best in Africa.
In a remark, Dr. Ibrahim told the visiting Liberia Fire Chief that between 2015 till date, FFS has moved from a Service with just 3 fire fighting trucks to a Service having over 150 state-of-the-art modern firefighting trucks.
“The Service has also increased its staff strength to over 5,000 firefighters manning fire stations across the country. A feat which was achieved by the determination of the present leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari” the CG said.
The Controller General also disclosed that the Service has developed a template for a robust capacity building for its Officers expressed his willingness to provide the necessary support required to revamp the Liberian Fire Service, a collaboration he said will be achieved through its parent ministry, the Federal Ministry of Interior in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.