The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service says it will introduce “Fire Safety’’ as a course and a club in schools in the area.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the agency, Mr Jerry Timveh, who disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, said the introduction would be done in collaboration with Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB).
The Service had on Oct. 10, 2018, in Abuja, launched “FCT Fire Safety Schools Enlightenment Initiative’’ for educating, equipping and preparing students with rudimentary and basic knowledge of fire safety best practices.
Timveh explained that the proposed introduction of fire safety in schools curriculum in the territory was in consolidation of the launched enlightenment initiative.
“The service has plans to include fire safety as a part of schools curriculum and to establish fire safety clubs in schools.
“This will help to engage students more in the prevention of fire outbreak and immediate actions to take when a fire incident occurs,” he said.
He said that the service would visit the chairman of UBEB in order to brief on the plan and to request for a list of schools in the FCT.
“When we get the list of these schools, we can begin to talk of the second phase on the sensitisation programme.
“For the launch of this initiative we actually requested for a list of schools and we randomly selected some.
“It is until we get the full list of all FCT schools before we can divide the schools into zones and know how to group them for the next enlightenment phase,” he said.
Timveh, however, stated that the exercise could not be rushed because it required a lot of planning and money for successful execution.
“We don’t have much money on ground, but as our own social responsibility and contribution to the society, the service will try as much as possible to make the initiative a success.
“During the launch, the campaign shirts we distributed to these students didn’t go round and some of them felt really bad.
“We don’t want such to repeat and that is why we are trying to plan ahead and better,” he said.
He also recalled that Assistant Comptroller-General of the service, Mr Julius Opetusin, had assured students that the schools sensitisation would be across all schools in the FCT.