Fire chief fired over laxity
30 June 2015, 09:21
Nyeri - Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua interdicted a fire chief and one driver following Saturday's delayed response to a fire incident.
Gachagua said the two will remain away from office pending investigations after the fire fighters delayed for over 30 minutes despite the fire engine being less than one kilometre away.
On Saturday around 11am, a fierce fire erupted at Nyeri-Othaya junction where two wooden furniture workshops worth millions of shillings were reduced to ashes.
The truck arrived 30 minutes later attracting the wrath of angry youths who stoned it, breaking one of the screens.
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The driver was said to be in his private business and thus people had to look for an alternative driver, causing the delay.
The Governor however apologised to Nyeri people for the delay and promised that the three fire engines will henceforth be on standby 24 hours a day complete with water and fuel.
“The fire department will henceforth be put under Special programmes docket to ensure that emergencies are attended to on time,” the Governor pledged.
He warned his staff that he will not tolerate laxity in his government.
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