The County Government of Kirinyaga has commenced the construction of an ultra-modern fire station in Kutus town to enhance service delivery.
Governor Ann waiguru says the fire station will address the growing needs brought about by urbanization in the County especially in the fast-growing Kerugoya-Kutus municipality.
Beneficiaries of the project will be financial institutions, government offices, health institutions, markets, retail and wholesale outlets, residential estates and learning institutions among them Kirinyaga University.
Governor Waiguru said the new station will comprehensively cater for the needs of the fire department in the County.
She said the project will also provide employment opportunities for many unemployed residents during construction as well as during recruitment of staff to the fire department.
According to the Governor, technological advances in firefighting and disaster management as well as the expansion of the department’s services and the need to have additional staff requires adequate and commensurate infrastructure.
She noted that once complete, the new fire station will have a fire engine bay that can accommodate four fire trucks, a control room, a gear locker room, a store, a first aid room, a dining room and a kitchenette as well as sleeping quarters.
“It will also have a reception, an office, a meeting room, a duty room and adequate public car parking area. There will also be an express fire trucks entrance and exit separate from the general entrance and exit. And to ensure that there is adequate supply of water at all times there will also be a water hydrant within the facility,” She said.
Waiguru said that with rapid growth in population as well as commercial and residential investments, there is need to establish a modern, equipped and upgraded fire department, emergency response and rescue center.
She said that the new station, which has excellent accessibility due to its location along Kutus -Sagana Highway near Kutus-Kerugoya junction, will be one of the best fire stations in the country and in the region.
The County’s fire fighters lauded the initiative saying it will enhance efficiency in their operations.
John Kiama couldn’t hide his delight saying the project is a great relief for them since they have been operating from a makeshift fire station whose infrastructural inadequacies negatively impact on their operations and response.
Kiama thanked the Governor for the initiative which he said will provide an integrated and sustainable fire emergency and management system for the county.