Five counties among them Machakos, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kajiado and Nairobi had their fire- fighting capacity and disaster response boosted following the commissioning of firefighting equipment worth Ksh 159 million.
The equipment included fire engines, rapid intervention vehicles, water bowsers and all terrain support vehicles.
Presiding over the occasion, Cabinet Secretary for Land, Housing and urban Development Prof Jacob Kaimenyi regretted incidents of loss of property, buildings and lives during fire outbreaks as a result of poor disaster preparedness and response.
“To mitigate against this scenario, and in response to request from various counties, over the years, the Government had procured over 100fire fighting equipment and multi-purpose ambulances, besides conducting staff training for the purposes of enhancing security within the Metro region and beyond”, he said.
The Cabinet Secretary revealed that studies undertaken by the Ministry established that fire fighting capacity of Counties was wanting and in desperate need of serious intervention.
He said that in order to ensure that counties are safe enough to attract and retain investors, all County Governments needed to take their responsibilities by fully enforcing safety standards and regulations.
Prof Kaimenyi urged them to put in place legal and institutional framework to promote fire safety in the country with an elaborate, efficient and effective mitigation and early warning systems, in addition to maintaining functioning fire protection and detection systems.
Addressing the same occasion, the Principal Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, Architect Aidah Munano asked counties to prioritise training more disaster management personnel including Fire fighters, volunteers, paramedics, counsellors, rescue dogs and handlers.