New Fire Chief Vows To Ensure Transformation
The newly confirmed Director of the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) has vowed to revamp the entity to provide effective fire prevention and safety across the country.
Speaking on Monday at the official turning over ceremony at the head office of the LNFS on Carey Street in Monrovia, Director Alex Dickson stated that the fire service has been ineffective due to lack of logistical support from the past government.
Director Dickson revealed that during the last 12 years, government purchased only one fire truck to fight fire among the four million persons in the nation.
He assured that the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led Government headed by President George Manneh Weah will ensure that the necessary equipment needed to carry out professional firefighting will be provided.
He maintained that fire service is just to fight fire, but to also rescue people in any eventuality such as motor accident, flood disaster, among others.
Director Dickson explained that the LNFS was founded as semi-military institution and as such it should be given the due recognition as one of the para-military agencies in Liberia.
He asserted that the order of discipline and courtesy for superior officers must be observed, noting that it is time to work as fire fighters to regain the image of the entity in executing its mandate according to law.
He said most of the current equipment of the LNFS was donated by foreign governments but never lasted long upon arrival in Liberia, but he expressed hope that the entity’s budget will be increased in the next fiscal year for 2018/2019.
He pointed out that the revamping process of the fire service will include the restructuring of various units to be on level terms with international standard of professional fire institutions.
Director Dickson then expressed thanks and appreciation to President Weah for the opportunity to serve his country to save lives and properties in case of any disaster.
The ceremony was embraced by senior officers of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) and Liberia National Police as well as family members and friends of the LNFS boss.