Local Govt Ministry Re-enforces Police Effort To Fight Fire

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The Ministry of Local Government on Monday formally handed over the 49 fire trucks acquired as part of the 100 million dollar loan from the Chinese Exim bank.

The Ministry of Local Government on Monday formally handed over the 49 fire trucks acquired as part of the 100 million dollar loan from the Chinese Exim bank.
 
The trucks were handed over to the Uganda Police Force by President Yoweri Museveni in the company of the Minister for Local Government, Adolf Mwesige. Under the same loan government recently acquired road equipment for districts in the country.
 
Speaking during the handover ceremony in Namanve, Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesige noted that the Local Government Act reserves the right to fight fire with Municipalities, but they could take up the role because they lacked capacity.
 
Mwesige said during the handover of the vehicles at the FAW workshop that they had purchased the equipment and handed it over to police which has built capacity to fight fire since the colonial days.  The new equipment included 20 fire tenders, 20 water tankers, two ladder trucks, four fire-fighting boats and three rescue boats.
 
At Namanve, President Museveni inspected the fire-fighting equipment and urged police to improve their incident response time.  He observed that with the levels of wealth attained by Ugandans and the level of investment, it was inevitable to expect fire outbreaks, which prompted government to buy firefighting equipment.
 
The President thanked the Inspector General of Police for supervising what he called a disciplined and professional force, which he said was evidenced by some of the incidents they have handled in the past.  The president has openly defended the police in its handling of public demonstrations even when complaints of brutality have been reported.
 
President Museveni promised to deal with any police officers who siphon fuel from the fire trucks. He advised firemen to guard against catching HIV/Aids.
 
The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura said police would soon build a fire fighting training centre. Kayihura observed that the firefighting equipment had been fitted with close circuit cameras to record police action during and after a fire incident.
 
The new equipment has given police better capacity to fight fires in high-rise buildings and even fight fires on water.