It’s a big sign of relief as Kajiado residents benefit with four fire engines from National and county government after years of public hue and cry and numerous fire outbreaks that have rendered many homeless upon big losses.
The fire engines launched yesterday at Ngong stadium were purchased at ksh 80M each for the two 10,000L engine and ksh 40M for the 5,000L engine respectively.
The county government has bought a fourth one and three more expected next week.
The engines were supplied by the National government through Nairobi Metropolitan Department.
Members of public in debrief watched from a distance as fire fighters show cased their prowess on tackling fire outbreak.
The more than 36 men and women have undergone a rigorous training on fire fighting in the past two months. Each truck has 12 officers working around the clock.
In the recent past Kajiado county government has been faulted over incapability to put out fire as they had no operating fire engine. They have been depending on Mavoko and Nairobi fire engines.
Kajiado residents are optimistic the fire fighters shall be able to respond to fire outbreak incidents promptly.
“it’s a sign of relief for us, many have been reduced to beggars by fire and we now hope this shall be a thing of the past’’ said Mary Kimelel a resident of Ngong town.
Kajiado senator Peter Mositet said Kajiado residents have suffered enough from fire incidents challenging the county government to serve the residents well and take care of machines.
“it has been a long wait but finally we have received modern fire fighters that should give residents good and prompt services’’ Said Peter Mositet
Deputy Governor Paul Ntiati lauded the national and county government unity in ensuring locals benefit. Ntiati also urged Kajiado residents to ensure they have fire extinguishers in their homes and business premises.
“The county government has established a fire department and it’s important the two levels of government are working for a common goals. It’s the responsibility of each resident to play part in the fight against fire by having a fire extinguisher in their respective homes and business premises” said Ntiati
The three fire engines shall be stationed at Ngong, Kajiado and Oloitokitok towns respectively and expected by the end of the month each of the five sub county shall have at least fire engine.