By: Eric Gerlay ( Intern)
The National Fire Service of Liberia (LNFS) has launched a volunteer program that allows citizens to register as volunteers and become first respondents to fire incidences in their respective communities.
According to the LNFS Director, Col. Alex Dickson, the program will not employ beneficiaries as normal employees but train them solely for emergencies and crises. He said the process is in compliance with International fire service measures.
Speaking at MICAT press briefing, Col Dickson said the Department has been highly supported by its partners.
He said they are expecting equipment from their international partners in the USA that will enable the Department to adequately train and respond to the fire outbreaks in the country.
“From January of this year, from the LNFS we have received over hundreds of calls and the total fire outbreaks of 87 fire cases. 75% of our fire outbreaks cases are from electrical shocks with properties worth millions of Liberian dollars destroyed.”
He said they have recorded seven persons who have been injured from January 2020 and 50 deaths.
The fire service boss also disclosed that since taking over the entity this year, they received 5 Fire trucks from the Indian Government, and have opened Fire service in Redlight.
Col. Alex Dickson said two weeks from now, Grand Bassa County will receive a station with a brand new fire truck.
“We are expecting containers and equipment from the Chicago Department of Fire Service in December for some training and continuous negotiations. In the International community, every Fire service runs Volunteer Programs. We just start our volunteer program where you have people coming up to register as a volunteer but you don’t work as a normal employed person. They give you the time so when these things come up, volunteers will come and backup,” he said.