The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has called for a review of the Fire Service Act of 1963 to conform with current realities.
A statement issued by the Head of Public Relations Unit of the Agency, Nkechi Isa in Abuja says the Act has become obsolete and limits the enforcement powers of emergency agencies in carrying out their duties.
The statement quotes the Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, as emphasizing that the laws must be reviewed for public safety.
It explains that in the FCT, emergency agencies rely on the Urban and Regional Planning Act to carry out enforcement.
According to the statement at least an average of five fire incidents are recorded daily in the FCT, which were avoidable as they could be traced to carelessness or willful acts.
The statement appeals to FCT residents to dial the toll-free number, 112 during emergenci