The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has scored Imo State-owned fire service stations low in the area of equipment and personnel and urged Governor Rochas Okorocha to immediately address the situation.
Evans Ugoh, Head of Imo/Abia Operations Office of NEMA, disclosed this during an official visit to fire stations across the state.
Ugoh while addressing some of the staff members of fire stations in Aboh/Mbaise LGA during a courtesy visit expressed worries over the deplorable condition of the station.
He described the station as a toothless dog that could not do anything in time of danger.
“This fire station is a toothless bulldog because it lacked the capacity to fight fire in case of any outbreak.
“The building has decayed, you lack the equipment and manpower personnel; so I don’t believe you can do anything in case of any fire outbreak widen your jurisdiction,” he said.
Ugoh who also visited Orlu and Okigwe fire stations said the essence of the visit was to ascertain level of preparedness in case of any emergency.
He said some of the inadequacies in the fire stations across the state include insufficient personnel, lack of functional fire trucks and lack of protective equipment.
While commending Imo government for the modern fire station edifice at the state headquarters of the service station, he advised Governor Okorocha to ensure that the headquarters and outstations are properly equipped.