Disaster Risk Reduction, Every Nigerian’s Business – Gwarzo
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, said disaster risk reduction is a collective enterprise of all citizens of the country.
He made the remarks during the in-house fire awareness/prevention training program organized by the Ministry’s Humanitarian Affairs Department, for its senior managers, held at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja.
Represented by the Director of the Humanitarian Affairs Department, Alhaji Ali Grema, the Permanent Secretary said the drill and the internal fire drill were organized by the department in conjunction with the Federal Fire Service as part of the responsibility of the Department of Humanitarian Affairs to raise awareness about mitigation. and disaster risk reduction in the workplace.
The permanent secretary emphasized fire safety awareness campaigns, saying this will help prevent loss of life and property from fire hazards.
“It helps in identifying basic fire equipment and types or classes of fires as well as identifying escape/escape routes, methods of storing flammable objects in homes and places of work, and assistance in case of fire.”
“It should be recalled that Nigeria has experienced numerous fire hazards in homes and workplaces, putting thousands of people at risk of loss of life and property. The demonstrations on the use of various fire equipment fire will be useful in an emergency to mitigate risks/disasters,” he added.
The resource person, Fire Superintendent Manu Sunday, guided the participants through the theoretical and practical sections.
He said the objective of the training is to familiarize participants with the different classes of fire, extinguishing fires, types of extinguishers and their uses.
He said that for a fire to occur, certain elements must be present in the right proportion, such as heat, oxygen and fuel (the fire triangle) and extinguishing a fire depends on the Fire cause and fire extinguishing methods include starvation, smoldering, cooling, and inhibition.
He said firefighting equipment includes passive and active protection.