Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has assured that the Ministry of Health will join forces with the Federal Fire Service to provide efficient emergency rescue operation services.
Ehanire disclosed this yesterday when he visited the Controller–General, Federal Fire Service, Engineer Joseph Garba Annebi, at the Fire Service Headquarters in Abuja.
The minister noted that the provision of emergency services is the responsibility of many departments and agencies of government including the Federal Fire Service.
He noted that the service plays two major roles in emergency response, first, is to control and investigate fire incidence and secondly, to provide rescue services before taking the victims to the hospital.
“It is because of these two functions that we need a closer collaboration between the fire service, the federal ministry of health and other agencies responsible for rescue operations,” he explained.
The minister said the essence of the collaboration is to work together to provide quick emergency response and harmonise areas of overlapping.
Ehanire promised that the agencies would cross pollinate ideas, knowledge and skills on rescue operations for better functionality.
In his remarks, Annebi said the fire service is actually involved in fire fighting, as well as rescuing victims from any type of disaster.
He noted that the health and fire/rescue services must work hand in hand because all victims end up in hospitals, just as he disclosed that his agency is ready to partner with the ministry to provide short courses for medical personnel for effective service delivery.

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