Bensouda tasks religious leaders to dissuade civilians from bullying fire-fighters

Monday, December 03, 2018

The lord mayor of KMC, Ahmed Talib Bensouda, who also doubles as the head of the Regional Security Taskforce on Wednesday 28 November 2018 urged religious leaders to sensitise and discourage people from attacking personnel of The Gambia Fire and Rescue Services in communities.

The mayor’s message came following attacks that have been directed at The Gambia Fire and Rescue Services in recent times.

He made these remarks at a consultative meeting that brought together stakeholders from different institutions, held at the KMC Chambers.

The lord mayor made it clear that the Fire Service is not under his municipality, but it is incumbent for his municipality to take a part since it is part of the interest of the civilians.

He advised the Fire Service to budget for more trucks in the 2019 budget rather than pick-ups for administrative use.

“The police should make sure that the traffic is not jammed for the fire fighters when there is a fire outbreak to avoid delays,” he advised.

The lord mayor further advised the Fire Service to make their contact numbers simple and reachable at all times.

For his part, Ebrima Sohna, alkalo of Dibba Kunda, said that it is not the fault of the fire fighters when they are at the scene to rescue but the way people build their compounds makes it difficult for Fire Fighters to get into people’s compound.

“Physical Planning, alkalolu and compound owners should work hand in hand in order to address the situation and make the job of the fire fighters easier and faster,” he urged.

Amat Janha from the Fire and Rescue Services said that many a times even though people call by but the time they arrive at the scene, everything is already burnt to ashes.

The general public is now urged to make use of the following numbers in case there is a fire outbreak.

Banjul: 4227666, Bakau: 4495415, Sere-Kunda: 4372707, Kotu: 4463470, Brikama: 4484559, Kanilai: 4483865, Soma: 5531608, Bansang: 5674333, Basse: 5668905, Farafenne: 5735148, and Barra: 5710272.

 

Author: Fatou B. Cham