Nigerians have been called upon to invest in fire-fighting equipment in order to curb fire outbreaks in the country.
Speaking with Vanguard Metro in Lagos, Chief Executive of FlameShield Fire Training Olugbenga Shobande, lamented that fire outbreak is on the increase in some parts of the country simply because some fire fighters do not have modern apparatuses such as oxygen pack to fight fire outbreak.
Shobande, a graduate of Microbiology from Ogun State University, now Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun state, also called for private organisations to complement government’s effort to fight fire. “Sincerely speaking, the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, is trying his best but we need private organisations to come in too. The state government cannot do it alone. We need private individuals to step in and complement government service efforts. Again family members should train their wards and children to put out fire before it gets out of hand.
Sadly enough, many companies don’t train their employees on the rudiments of putting off fire. It is a pity Nigerians take so many risks, and it costs us so much in lives and property,” he said.
Speaking about his passion for the job, he said: “One day, I saw people crying that a woman had her son trapped in a building which was burning and nobody could go inside to rescue the baby.
I ran upstairs with a fire extinguisher and started spraying chemical on the sitting room that had been inflamed. I dashed into the room where the baby was lying crying and brought him out alive. Since then I vowed to do the little I can to assist humanity,” he explained.
Going down memory lane, he said: “I remember when Law Union and Rock building at Alago Meji, Yaba went up in flames sometime ago and the fire fighters could not enter the building because they did not have enough apparatus like oxygen pack which I provided. The situation would have been worse if not for the oxygen pack,” he noted.
He also called on individuals and organisations to invest in staff training. “We should guard against fire outbreak in many ways, especially with the electrical appliances which can cause an unexpected spark from our electrical connections, or an explosions from gas cylinders,” he added.