The Kebbi State Department of Fire Service says 15 persons died in fire disasters in the past 10 months as against seven in 2016 while property valued at N2.5 million and N47.2 million were lost during the same period.
Alhaji Yahaya Zazzagawa, the Deputy Director in the department, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.
Zazzagawa said that the figures represented fire disasters that involved the department.
He expressed concern that the shortage of staff and fire-fighting vehicles had affected adequate service delivery.
He, however, noted that fire disasters and deaths declined in 2017 due to the awareness campaign launched by the department.
‘’The shortage of staff had fire-fighting vehicles has prevented the establishment of sub-stations in the metropolis, semi-urban and rural areas.
‘’We have 78 staff and five serviceable vehicles out of nine available vehicles and with five staff each on morning, afternoon and night shifts, our scope of operations has been limited.
‘’The department requires 300 additional staff and vehicles for effective service delivery in the state capital, local government areas and major towns.
Zazzagawa further said that 90 per cent of the fire disasters were due to electrical faults and urged members of the public to ensure the use of certified electrical cables for domestic purposes.
He added that enlightenment campaigns would be intensified to alert the public on proactive measures to be adopted to prevent fire disasters. (NAN)