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Smoke detectors a must, says fire and rescue force

5th February 2013
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 In a bid to curb fire accidents in the country, the Fire and Rescue Force is working on regulations that will require owners of residential and commercial buildings to ensure that their buildings are fixed with smoke detectors so as to minimize the destruction brought by fire accidents. Commissioner General of Fire and Rescue Force Eng Pius Nyambacha made the statement yesterday in a press conference in Dar es Salaam whereas he said that if the building is fixed with smoke detectors, the device could help reduce massive destruction caused by fire accidents.

He said that fire accidents can be easily controlled if detected earlier. He said instead of waiting for the fire brigades which in most cases happen to be far from the affected areas, residents and neighbours of the building on fire may help control the accident if the detectors detect the presence of the fire.

Nyambacha said that his officers have been blamed for arriving late at the scene of fire accidents noting that they normally arrive late due to poor infrastructure systems in various towns, poor planning of towns and lack of reliable water sources to replace the tanks once they run out of water while still putting off fire.

However, he said that in order to overcome some of the challenges, the fire rescue unit is planning to set seven stations in various areas of Dar es Salaam in order to make the services closer to people. Among the areas where the stations are going to be built are; Lugalo, Mbagala, Kigamboni Navy, Mabibo and Gongo la Mboto.

Speaking on the recent fire incident at PPF Tower building, he said that the fire detectors of the building had technical problems thus failed to detect the accident.

The commissioner added that he has ordered the management of PPF tower building to communicate with electrical engineers to investigate if the water used by the fire brigade has caused any problem in the electric system of the building so as to prevent reoccurrence of the accident due to destructed electric system.

For his part, Fire and Rescue Force Acting Commissioner of Public Safety Fikiri Salla said that it is the plan of the fire unit to import small trucks which can pass through slums’ streets and simply fire the service during fire accidents.

He said currently the department has 13 cars but only six cars are operating. 

The Commissioner said if the regulation is accepted by stakeholders, it shall come into effect officially from July this year.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN