November 20, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
In order to respond adequately and promptly to fire outbreak within the city of Freetown, NP (SL) limited last Wednesday handed over to the National Fire Force (NFF) four water storage tanks with 10,000 capacities each, bore hole and 9KVA generator for the supply of power to the facility.
It is no secret that the NFF has for the past years been struggling to respond promptly to fire incidents as a result of lack of equipment. There are not enough fire engines and the institution has been challenged to access dependable source of water, especially in greater Freetown.
According to Chief Fire Officer, Nazir Ahmad Alie Kamanda-Bongay, the intervention of the NP management was timely because they have been under serious constraints over the years.
He stated that many a time when fire incidents broke out the institution finds it difficult to locate hydrants within the city. Thus, Mr. Bongay said the new water storage facility would make it easier to prevent or respond to fire incidents.
“We are grateful to NP SL limited for this timely support to us. This will aid us to respond quickly to fire incidents. We need more of this kind of support in other areas where we are present,” he said.
He commended the company for their support and noted that they are the only institution to have come to their aid at several point in time.
He called on NP and other organisations to continue their supporting to them as they need top rate facility at their stations in Kissy and Aberdeen.
General Manager of NP, Kobi Walker, said they were compelled by necessity to avail the institution with logistical support to help improve their invaluable service to society.
He stated that the provision of water storage tanks would ensure that a minimum of four fire engines will be on standby with 40,000 litres of water at any given time for prompt response to emergencies.
“The additional construction of a bore hole on the premises of the Fire Force will ensure the constant availability of water at all times. This modest gesture will add tremendous value to the execution of the force’s sacred duty of combating fire outbreaks in our municipality,” he said.