THE government is undertaking various initiatives to increase efficiency in fire and rescue services including construction of fire and rescue stations in various parts of the country.
This was revealed by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa during the inauguration of two fire and rescue stations in Dodoma as part of the celebrations of the 59 years of the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
The stations constructed at Nzuguni and Chamwino in Dodoma have cost 2.3 bn/- upon completion.
“The project for the construction of fire and rescue stations is part of the strategic projects being coordinated and implemented by the sixth phase government,” the PM said.
He said that the strategic stations have been constructed in order to move the services closer to the community to the safety of people and their properties
In a related development, Majaliwa issues several directives with the aim of further improving the services in the country.
The PM instructed the Fire and Rescue Service managers to make fully supervision of the execution of various responsibilities of the force to enable the citizens to benefit from the services.
“You should make sure that these stations together with their infrastructure are protected and also provide education on disasters management to the citizens especially those living in risk areas,” he said.
He further said that water authorities from district to regional levels and other stakeholders to set special points for collecting water and identify them so that they can be easily accessed by the force in case of emergencies.
Majaliwa also instructed them to renovate all damaged facilities to support easy access of water for rescue operations when fire disasters occur.
He directed leaders of the force to strengthen cooperation collaboration with scout association in the country because one of its major responsibilities is to take part in rescue services. The move will help to reach many people in the country.
Ministry of Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development and Regional Administration and Local Government to continue overseeing land survey activities and planning in order to identify path ways and streets to enable the force to reach the people easily in case of emergencies.
In addition, the Premier said the government continues to ensure that it increase efficiency of the Fire Brigade, where in commemorating 59 years of Union various projects worth 16 bn/- have been launched in different parts of the country.
“The launch of these two stations is just part of the many projects launched today, some of them are fire and rescue station in Temeke District, Darajani A police stations in Kigamboni, Immigration Offices in Lindi and Mtwara regions, Police Commanders’ Offices in South and North Unguja and Lindi regions” he said.
He noted that the government will also purchase five fire and rescue vehicles, renovate ten hoses of the force staff as well as renovate the College of Fire and Rescue located in Handeni Tanga Region.
Regarding the construction of 177 new Fire and Rescue stations, the Prime Minister said that the government has allocated 9.3 bn/- to complete the construction of seven stations and will continue to allocate more funds when the budget allows.
“For the financial year 2023/2024, the government through the Ministry of Home Affairs has allocated 9.3 bn/- to complete the construction of seven stations that will be built and equipped with modern equipment,” he said.