The Department of Humanitarian Affairs of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development hosted its annual In-house fire awareness/prevention training evacuation drill at the Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase 1
The training was centered around learning about fire hazards/fire equipment and how to mitigate fire in our homes and offices, according to Deputy Director Disaster Management Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, speaking on behalf of the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq. The Minister reminded the audience of the 2020 Evacuation drill and the beneficial influence it had on the trainees and the Ministry as a whole.
The presentation on how to use various fire apparatus, according to Farouq, will remind participants how to handle and be familiar with the equipment, how it works, and what is expected of them in emergency circumstances to reduce hazards/disasters. As a result, she emphasized the importance of participants paying attention and benefiting from the training.
DSF Amosa Alade Matthew, a Federal Fire Service instructor, remarked that safety cannot be overemphasized because fire knows no bounds and is caused when substances react with oxygen in the presence of heat.
He stated that fire is made up of three (3) ingredients: fuel, heat, and oxygen, and that disasters, such as fires, come as a result of man’s actions and inactions, and that the first priority in the event of a disaster is to preserve lives before considering anything else.
According to DSF Amosa, fire prevention is critical and should be avoided because only 16 percent of the 25 percent of oxygen present can spark fire if not managed appropriately.
Amosa also warned the audience that 60 percent of office fires are caused by air conditioners, which are most often caused by overuse, and that electrical appliances should be turned off while leaving the house or office in case of a power surge. He also advised participants to seek the advice of electrical professionals if they had appliance problems.
The instructor highlighted the methods to dealing with fire outbreaks in emergency scenarios, which included raising an alert, putting out a fire, and putting out a fire. Remove yourself from the situation/building. If it is safe, call the fire department and begin fighting the fire. He gave the fire department’s phone numbers as 122 and 112.
He listed the many types of fires, such as A, B, C, and D, as well as the several types of fire extinguishers that can be used to put out the fire.
The training’s highlight was officials from the Federal Fire Service giving practical demonstrations of various fire evacuation drills and how to utilize various fire extinguishers to put out fires to the trainees.
The Director of Humanitarian Affairs, Alhaji Ali Grema, was in attendance, and the trainees were recruited from the Ministry’s numerous departments.