By: King Brow (Grand Bassa County Correspondent)
Buchanan, Grand Bassa County- Barely six years after the two fire service trucks belonging to Grand Bassa County broke down, the government of Liberia through the National Fire Service on Wednesday, November 25, donated a brand new fire engine to the Bassa Fire Service detachment.
Speaking at the turning over ceremony, the Director-General of the LNFS Alex Dixon said Grand Bassa has the second-highest number of deaths caused by fire incidents, according to statistics.
It was from this backdrop that the government selected Grand Bassa as one of the counties to benefit from one of the five new fire engines donated by the government of India.
“We came to Grand Bassa month ago and from our statistics for death rate, Montserrado came first while Bassa second. We were here and witness father, Mother including Children got burnt to death in a house, so we said let us paid key attention to Bassa because they are developing both in population and infrastructural,” Mr. Dickson said.
He narrated that “the Bassa detachment of the Liberia Fire service has been down for over five years now only because of the lack of a fire engine, but today we are here to officially open the fire station to the people of Bassa.”
Grand Bassa Development Superintendent Flee A. Glay extended heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the government through the Fire Service for selecting Bassa as one of the counties to have received a fire engine.
According to Mr. Glay, the fire truck is important because it will help to fight fire disaster in the county. He promised that the fire truck donated will be used for its intended purpose and maintained by the people of the County.
He also thanked former Foreign Minister, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley for his efforts in releasing these fire trucks for the free port of Monrovia and also as one of those who crafted the communication that was sent to the Indian government about helping Liberia with fire engines to fight fire disaster.