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Negligent firemen to face disciplinary action

28 January 2014, 10:31 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Nairobi City County government (NCC) has vowed to take disciplinary action against fire brigade officers for neglecting to respond to the fire incident that destroyed houses in Kariobangi  Estate over the weekend.

Addressing the press, Lilian Ndegwa, the NCC Secretary said they have carried out an intensive investigation with the County's Rapid Response Team, the Department of Investigation, the Security and Compliance among other departments to come up with the disciplinary action against the irresponsible officers on duty.

"Disciplinary action according to the Public Service Commission provisions is going to be taken against three officers who were on duty at the fire station during the Kariobangi fire incident," said Ndegwa.

"We would like to firmly assure Nairobi residents that the NCC is committed to the safety of all citizens living in the Nairobi and its environs. Currently, the County has five fire engines which are too old and keep breaking down. Three of the are even uneconomical to run given the frequent repairs they must undergo," she added.

Ndegwa stated that the County is in process of procuring seven new fire brigade vehicles and also plans to build two fire stations using the Belgium's donation of KES 12.131 billion.

She said the fire brigade equipment for the County is expected in six months time to boost fire fighting.         

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