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Lagos Muslim residents sensitised to firefighting

RESIDENTS of Magodo in Lagos have vowed to reduce to the minimum, cases of fire outbreak in the community.

To this end, a fire safety seminar was organised by Magodo Phase 2 Muslim Association to acquaint the residents with tips and practices to prevent fire outbreaks or any other domestic disaster.

Chairman of the association, Alhaji Abdulraheem Musah, said the association was concerned about the incessant fire outbreaks and decided to put up the seminar to equip residents as regards prevention and management of fire or other domestic accidents.

The seminar focused on “Strategic Fire Safety and Emergency Response Management: Home Accident and Response Management and Prevention of Property Destruction by Fire.”

Also in attendance were members of religious bodies within and outside the estate as well as other government estates like Marwa Garden and Magodo Brooks.

The state director of Fire Service, Mr Rasaki Musbau and General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Adesina Tiamiyu charged the residents to cultivate safety habits in their respective houses.

The fire service boss, who was represented by Mr Adesina Semiu Akanji, urged residents to see fire safety as their responsibility, saying they should have the right fire installations.

He said another means of preventing destruction by fire is not to block the emergency exit in case of fire, advising them to put in place automatic fire detection alarm system.

The fire service official also took the residents through practical fire-fighting demonstration using different fire-fighting equipment.

On his part, the LASEMA GM, represented by the Director of Operations, Mr Femi Giwa, also charged the Magodo residents to form community response units to enable them respond to any emergency.

He, however, said the response time of LASEMA for emergency had reduced from between 10-20 minutes to five to 10 minutes because of the decentralisation of the LASEMA Response Units (LRU).

The LASEMA boss said the agency would support any community with the right manpower development to set up a community response unit to minimise the destruction occasioned by fire disaster.

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