By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The maiden event, organised by the fire fighters, was tagged “Fire Safety for Children”, and took place at the command’s headquarters in Awka, the Anambra state capital.
Speaking to Orient Education, the Director, Anambra State Fire Service, Engr. Martin Agbili, said the programme was aimed at inculcating fire safety consciousness in children, stressing the importance of catching them young.
Agbili, who remarked that the occasion provided the children the privilege to listen to fire safety lecture, demonstration and practical fire fighting procedures, also assured that the command would continue to sustain the initiative.
“The programme was done to inculcate early consciousness of fire safety and control on children, to prepare them for the task of dealing with it should there be any need, as well as its benefits and menace.
“Honestly, there is need to include fire safety in the school curriculum to catch these children young,” he stressed.
He admonished children to steer clear anything that is capable of causing fire outbreak, both in school and at home, such as playing with gas cooker. He also enjoined parents to pay closer attention to their wards.
While appreciating parents and schools that released their children for the event, the fire service boss called on government and school owners to install fire extinguishers in their schools in case of unforseen fire outbreaks.
In their separate remarks, pupils and teachers, who attended the event, thanked the organisers for the laudable initiative, promising to be more fire conscious thenceforth.