The Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) on Thursday broke ground for the construction of a fire station in Paynesville City. The Paynesville City Council donated the one and half acre of land to the LNFS.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Paynesville City Mayor, Leticia Reeves, said the construction of a fire station in Paynesville City is an excellent initiative because it will help curtail the destruction of homes and lives by fire.
Mayor Reeves said, “We are happy for the construction of this fire station especially in the compound of the City Hall, because it makes it much easier for fire fighters to get to fire scene in case there is an outbreak of fire.
Also speaking, LNFS’ Deputy Director Varmah Marlik, thank the United Nation Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for taking the responsibility in constructing the fire station through its Quick Impact Project Unit.
Deputy Director Marlik said it is the second fire station to be built by UNMIL, with the first being constructed in Stephen Tolbert Estate, to provide services to the citizens of Gardnersville in case of fire outbreak.
He said the construction of these fire stations around the country is in fulfillment of the Fire Service’s mandate to help minimize the cases of fire especially in Monrovia.
The LNFS official then called on government and international partners to support the work of the Liberia National Fire Service. “The construction of fire stations by UNMIL Quick Impact Project without a fire truck and other firefighting equipment makes the project meaningless,” he maintained.
According to him, the decentralization of fire stations is very necessary at this time, because the lack of fire fighters and equipments would have led to the destruction of many lives and property on Tuesday, after fire gutted a two-storey building on Center Street.
For his part, the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Justice Ministry, Freddie Taylor, said the program was indeed a great one which the President and the Justice Minister would have been part of; “their absence is due to many insecurity distraction in the country they are handling,” Minister Taylor noted.
Minister Taylor however commended the work of the Liberia National Fire Service in saving lives and protecting properties, ascribing their good work to the good leadership of their bosses.