Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba yesterday told Parliament that the Fire and Rescue Force was facing several challenges in fighting fire incidents in the country due to shortage of essential equipment, including vehicles.The minister made the remarks while responding to a question by the Tunduma MP Frank Mwakajoka, who wanted to know what the government was doing to improve the working conditions of police officers as far as emergency response was concerned.
“The fire and rescue force is working in poor conditions without enough vehicles. What is the government doing to help them work safely and more efficiently?” he questioned.
However, in his main question the lawmaker had wanted the government to explain why traders in Tunduma district were being forced to pay firefighting fees while there was no fire and rescue services in the township.
In a supplementary question, Bububu MP Mwantakaje Juma (CCM) told the House that there was serious shortage of police patrol vehicles in her constituency, adding that the people had resorted to using private vehicles.“When will the government send a vehicle to assist police in Bububu to execute their daily roles more effectively in order to minimize criminality?” she asked.
In his response, Minister Nchemba said the government was aware of the shortage of vehicles and other key facilities in the two constituencies.
“We are expected to minimize some of these challenges in the near future. For example, in this fiscal year we have set a budget for procuring new fire-fighting tenders and ambulances for supporting the police force to advance their daily patrol activities in different parts of the country,” he said.
He added that his ministry would annually continue increasing facilities and human resources in the two key subsectors, depending on the availability of funds.