Nairobi City County Government disaster, fire and rescue sector recently recruited 300 men and women firefighters who will be deployed to respective fire stations in the City. The recruitment took place in December, 2020 and has greatly helped fill the gap left by those who retired.
Most of the new recruits have been undertaking fire and rescue drills at the newly constructed Kagundo Road and Waithaka fire stations which have greatly contributed to the decongestion of 7the Nairobi CBD fire station which was highly depended on across Nairobi.
The two stations complete with state of the art fire, ambulance and rescue equipment donated by the Belgian Government in phase I was unveiled by H.E Uhuru Kenyatta in October, 2017.
The fire fighting vehicles and equipment donated in Phase 1 have gone a long way in further enabling NCCGs fire and rescue team respond better to fire incidences which are common, especially in the informal settlements. The equipment includes; Fire Engines, Ambulance Vehicles, Personal Protection Equipment, breathing apparatus sets and communication systems all valued at 10,000euros.
This year the Belgian Government pledged to donate more equipment in Phase II worth 8,750 euros. NCCG continues the desire to work with partners including; local, national, regional and international agencies to develop a disaster management system that will enhance risk preparedness.
It is worth noting that most of these programs were initiated and implemented through the leadership of the current Deputy Governor and acting Governor, Kananu Mwenda who was up to her appointment the Chief Officer in charge of Disaster Management.