The Controller General of the Nigerian Federal Fire Service, Dr. Liman Alhaji Ibrahim has called for an end to what he described as an “unacceptable attack” on fire fighters while discharging their duties.
The Controller General made the call while felicitating all firefighters in Nigeria and around the world on this year’s International Firefighters’ day (IFFD), urging citizens to imbibe the attitude of gratitude for firefighters for the sacrifices they are making in saving lives and property during emergencies.
The Controller General who is saddened by the attitude of some citizens who are fond of attacking firefighters at fire scenes, further called on citizens to desist from attack on firefighters and destruction of fire trucks at fire scenes as that is not encouraging to firefighters who risk their lives to save lives and property.
International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed on May 4th and was instituted after a proposal was emailed across the world on January 4th, 1999 following the death of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a bushfire in Australia.
This unfortunate incident was what inspired JJ Edmondson to bring about an international holiday, called International Firefighters’ Day, to support fire fighters who risk their lives every day while saving lives and property.
The CG, specially eulogised fallen heroes, firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty, and prayed that God will continue to grant them eternal rest and give their loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss. He said they might be no more but they remain alive in the hearts of those they sacrificed their lives for.
Liman also used the occasion of the IFFD to appreciate all Nigerian firefighters at all levels, serving and retired for all their sacrifices in ensuring the safety of lives and property.