The Federal Fire Service (FFS) said it has established new offices in six zones in Nigeria.
The Comptroller General of the service, Mr. Ibrahim Liman, announced this in Abuja at a press briefing on Thursday.
He said the move was aimed at boosting service delivery across the country.
“The essence of the spread is to deliver quality fire fighting services, improve the response time to emergencies and complement efforts of the state fire services.
“When I came, we had presence only in Abuja, Lagos and the six geo-political zones. We believe that the new zones will widen our reach and strengthen us to do more,” Ibrahim said.
He listed the zones as: Zone G, with headquarters in Minna, which is expected to cater for Niger, Kogi and Kwara; Zone H, with headquarters in Sokoto, would cater for Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi; Zone I with headquarters in Yola, to cater for Adamawa, Taraba and Gombe; Zone J, with headquarters in Owerri, would cater for Abia and Imo; Zone K, covering Delta, Edo and Bayelsa, with headquarters in Asaba; and Zone L, with headquarters in Osogbo, would cater for Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States.
Ibrahim posited that the federal government was actively involved in boosting the capabilities of the state fire services.
He called for state governors to follow the cue and strengthen the state fire services.
“I want to believe that a strengthened state fire service complemented by our presence in the zones will go a long way in addressing the gaps in fire service delivery across the country.
“We have also received approval for the establishment of additional five fire service training schools which will soon take off. They are to be located in Maiduguri, Calabar, Ilorin, Katsina and Umuahia,” he said.