The Liberian Fire Service Chief, Colonel Alex Dickson, has expressed the desire to collaborate with his Nigerian counterpart Liman Ibrahim to achieve great feat in the Liberian fire service.
Alex disclosed this on Friday in Abuja while paying a working visit to the headquarters of the Federal Fire Service in Nigeria.
According to him, he was in Nigeria to seek collaboration with the Nigerian Federal Fire Service.
He commended the effort of the Nigerian Government in repositioning the Federal Fire Service.
Col. Dickson who was received by the Controller General of the Federal fire service Dr. Liman Ibrahim at the Service headquarter, was given a facility tour to see the infrastructures and was pleased by the achievements of Nigerian fire service.
The visiting Liberian Fire Chief expressed his delight and also appealed for support from the Federal Fire Service in the areas of capacity building.
Col. Dickson says, “Liberia is still recovering from its past civil unrest; the country has a lot to learn from Nigeria on repositioning of its Fire Department especially with regards to administrative structure and rapid transformation seeing how the Federal Fire within a short period of time has been able to transform from a moribund Fire Service to one of the best in Africa.”
Responding, Liman Ibrahim said between 2015 till date, Fire Service has moved from a Service with just 3 fire fighting trucks to a Service having over 150 state – of- the – art modern firefighting trucks at the moment.
“The Service has also increased its staff strength to over 5,000 firefighters manning fire stations across the country. A feat which was achieved by the determination of the present leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari,” the CG said.
The Controller General also disclosed that the Service has developed a template for a robust capacity building for its Officers.
The CG while appreciating the visit of Col. Dickson said Nigeria is willing to provide the necessary support to revamp the Liberian Fire Service. The collaboration, he said, will be achieved through its parent ministry, the Federal Ministry of Interior in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.