Not fewer than 4,000 applicants into the appointment of Federal Fire Service are presently under-going training at Police Training School, Minna, Niger State.
This was disclosed by the Controller General, Federal Fire Service, Alh. Ibrahim Liman Baro in an execlutive interview with Newsline at the venue of the training, yesterday.
The development followed an appeal to the federal government on the manpower shortage, extension and renewal of fire figters office to the grass-roots.
Before the present administration came on board, the state fire service was almost dead and devastating.
He stated however that, the Governor abubakar Sani Bello’s administration, put life back to the service, as he personally travelled to the federal headquarters of the service to make a passionate appeal.
As a result, he said a technical committee comprising of cabinet members headted by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and the representative of the Controller General was set up to go round the state before submitting its report to the Federal Executive Council.
Part of the committee’s recommendation according to him, led to the approval of recruitment exercise which led to the training.
He appealed to other states to partner with the Federal Fire service in order to come up with a blue print on how to take the service to greater heights.
Alh. Liman pointed out that, it was not only Niger State that was performing creditably, but Kogi, Kano, Sokoto, Borno and Anambra states were not left out.
He expressed optimism that other states would join the wagon that may perform better.
He advised the trainees to be dedicated and committed to the training so as to become gallant five fighters and good ambassadors of their various states.