Mandera County government has commissioned a Ksh 200 million fire station aimed at curbing the rising cases of fire disasters in the region.
The fire station, which sits on a two-acre piece of land, is equipped with an underground water tank holding a capacity of 100,000 litres.
The county government also acquired two state of the art fire engines and other fire fighting equipment.
A fire engine at Mandera fire station.
The building has been designed to allow for the fire engines to move out swiftly in order to respond to any emergency.
To mark this historic development, Mandera Governor Ali Roba attributed the project as a key critical part of his legacy.
“This iconic fire station is important to the people of Mandera because it is the first fire station in northern Kenya since independence and will go a long way in supporting public safety against fire disasters and rapid response protection for valuable property,” Governor Roba noted.
Addressing the issue of preparedness and prompt response from the fire rescue emergency team, Roba affirmed that fire rescue drills would be conducted.
He also promised to promote more youth to the fire rescue emergency team.
The residents of Mandera County also lauded the project. Speaking to a local media house, Alphonse Dahir noted that past fire incidents had caused insurmountable losses.
“Previously residents would watch helplessly as their property went up in flames,” she noted.
Mandera county had previously recorded a surge in fire incidents.
According to the Mandera Municipality records, 13 fire incidents were recorded in 2018, 29 cases were recorded in 2019 and 155 cases have been recorded in 2020.
This led to residents appealing the situation to the county government.
Mandera Governor speaking during the launch of Mandera fire station.