…While Fire Unit tests skills, new equipment in Marina***
A patriotic zeal on the part of the Nigerian Ports Authority to ensure its tug boat, the MT Minna is kept in pristine conditions has been marched by a dedicated commitment to noteworthy service delivery on the part of the Starzs Shipyard, which industry sources disclosed not only beat the deadline, but also went the extra mile, in the handling of the tug.
The Maritime First was told that though the NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, a fastidious and meticulous person had look forward to an impeccable delivery when the tug was dispatched to the STARZs, she was taken aback, when the tug came back, with a model, miniature MT Minna, after the shipyard had completely refurbished the tug, in addition to other additional added values.
Meanwhile, the preparedness of the NPA Fire Service Department was Thursday tested, via a structured fire drill, following the acquisition of modern firefighting equipment, in a bid to match the unforeseen, in case of such eventuality.
The General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communications, Abdullahi Goje who confirmed this noted that the fire unit was always involved in periodic training of the officers and men of the department, in a bid to enhance the preparedness and performance of the Fire Service Department.
During the drilling exercise by the Unit at the Marina Corporate Headquarters, which forced all the occupants of the Headquarters building to evacuate their various offices to a designated muster points, the firemen deployed their newly acquired firefighting equipment and skills to demonstrate how to contain fire situation on the main building.
At the end of the exercise, General Manager, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Mallam Ahmed Yusuf who described the drill as “very successful”, said a total of 8 minutes was spent to evacuate the 7-storey Headquarters building by the occupants as against 10 minutes as was recorded last year during a similar exercise.
He explained that in this year’s exercise, there was no record of malfunctioning of any equipment, adding that the sky-lift fire engine and firefighting equipment were functional.
The General Manager also added that an evacuation of a casualty in a smoked office was simulated during the exercise and was safely transferred into an ambulancefor transmission to the hospital, reflecting a real life situation.
Yusuf acknowledged the existing collaboration and good working relation between the Department and the Lagos State Agency for Safety and Emergency.
He charged all Port Users and Stakeholders to ensure that all necessary facilities are put in place towards the protection of lives and property especially from fire destruction.
The safety helmsperson further stated that the evacuation drill was meant to achieve amongst others, the HSE Division’s preparedness to fight fire incidents, create awareness for swift response to fire, as well as Assess Feedbacks from the workplace for greater efficiency.
Present at the muster point were the Executive Directors, Engineering and Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubakar, Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello-Koko and the General Manager, Finance, Chief Simon Aniobi amongst other officers and staff of the Authority.