Tanzania commits to reform fire brigade

THE government has expressed its commitment to continue addressing challenges facing the Fire and Rescue Force to ensure timely access of the services by the public.

Vice-President Dr Mpango said that the government has given priority in finding solutions to the challenges facing the Force including construction of fire and rescue stations in various parts of the country to avail services closer to the public.

Vice-President Dr Mpango

The VP expressed the commitment  in Dar es Salaam on Friday during the inauguration of the main fire and rescue station built at a cost of 4.9 bn/-.

“The government has already started addressing some of the challenges, including improving the infrastructure, firefighting and rescuing equipment and manpower,” Dr Mpango underlined.

Dr Mpango added that the process of borrowing 100 million US dollars, from Abu Dhabi to improve the Fire and Rescue force in the country has reached a good stage whilst instructing the Minister for Finance and Planning Dr Mwigulu Nchemba to fast-track the process so as to acquire the loan this year.

Adding: “If the loan is accessed, the challenges that face our Force will be reduced or eliminated.”

The VP also noted that the construction of the fire and rescue stations in the country is the implementation of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi 2020 – 2025 election manifesto, which emphasises on enabling the Fire and Rescue Force to carry out its duties to ensure the safety of the people and their properties.

However, Dr Mpango directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to cooperate with the Ministry of Water and other relevant institutions to ensure all water projects in cities   establish water collection points for the Force to have easy access to it in case of emergency.

“There have been many complaints from the public   about the fire brigade reaching the scene late …I believe that this happened due to various reasons including the distance from the station to the scene of fire accident,” he said.

To address the problem, Dr Mpango instructed the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development and the relevant authorities to continue restricting arbitrary construction to ensure that the Fire and Rescue Force has access to the scenes of accidents without obstacles.

In addition, he also directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to collaborate with both regional and local government authorities to allocate land for building more stations for timely provision of fire and rescue services.

Besides, Dr Mpango assured the public that President Samia Suluhu Hassan has sincere intention to strengthen and improve fire and rescue services.

In a related development, the VP highlighted important areas which required attention and improvements to increase efficiency within the fire brigade including raising public awareness about the services and training to fire brigade staff.

He also advised the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) systems in solving various challenges as well as regular fire safety inspections in various areas.

For his part, Minister for Home Affairs, Engineer Hamad Masauni commended President Samia for allocating funds for completion of the main station in Dar es Salaam whose construction stalled since 2010.

The minister also noted that the opening of the station (yesterday) is an indication of the government commitment in strengthening security and defence organs in the country.

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