Isles govt eyes to boost firefighting services

ZANZIBAR: ZANZIBAR plans to develop fire hydrants in urban and rural areas to boost firefighting services in the country, the House of Representatives was told here on Thursday.

Minister of State, President’s Office, Regional Administration, Local Governments and Special Departments Masoud Ali Mohamed informed the house that Zanzibar Fire and Rescue unit in collaboration with Zanzibar Water Authority (ZAWA) has already conducted the feasibility study on the project.

ZAWA will supervise the project execution, the minister said while answering a question by Nungwi Representative Abdalla Abass Wadi who wanted to know the fire brigade preparedness to handle fire accidents in the wake of increasing unplanned settlements in the country.

The minister said the government is determined to equip the fire brigade with modern equipment to fight fire, citing procurement of fire horse pipe-fitted trucks, which can work even in unplanned settlements.

He further said the brigade conducts inspections and educates the public on fire fighting especially at the tourist hotel belt. Installation of fire security equipment like fire hydrants and fire extinguishers is of critical importance as well, he said.

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