Fire emergency response in Nyeri has received a major boost after the county government procured two state-of-the-art engines at a cost of Ksh 100 million.
The government has been on many occasions been on the spot for failure to respond to fire incidents that have been on the rise in recent times.
Since January, 65 fires have been reported all over the county and though there has been no loss of life, a lot of property was lost since the current engines have not been functional.
“The two fire engines we inherited have occasionally broken down and sadly many times when on the way to put out a fire,” said Governor Mutahi Kahiga.
This, he said has necessitated the need to procure the two new engines in a bid to improve on his administration’s preparedness and response to such disasters.
Alongside this development, Kahiga said they have also hired 11 new firemen and women to enhance productivity in the county’s fire department.
He said the team has undergone intense training on fire fighting with the supplier as well as the national government to competently handle cases of fire, adding that they will continue with the training regimen on a quarterly basis to ensure they are well equipped.
The county boss further said they have entered into a collaboration with St. John Ambulance for the provision of emergency first aid care to disaster victims.
He, however, said this was a stopgap measure as plan are underway to set aside funds to buy ambulances.
Currently, most of the ambulances inherited from the former administration have broken down.
On his part, County Commissioner Yatich Kipkemei challenged the devolved unit to remove traders who have encroached on road reserves by constructed structures as it posed a huge challenge in accessing disaster scenes.
This he said should also be extended to plot owners especially in slum areas who put up houses without leaving access roads.
The governor in response said they have started mapping out the affected areas with a view of opening them up to improve accessibility as well as service delivery.