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Aswa Police Receives Additional Firefighting Trucks

The two customized firefighting apparatuses, fitted with sirens and emergency vehicle lighting, communication equipment and mobile computer technology have been assigned to Gulu City, Omoro, Nwoya and Elegu Police Station in Amuru District.
24 Aug 2020 14:05
The additional firefighting truck to aid emergency response against fire perils in the Aswa River Region

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Aswa police have received two additional firefighting trucks from police headquarters in Kampala to aid emergency responses against fire outbreaks in the region.

The two customized firefighting apparatuses, fitted with sirens and emergency vehicle lighting, communication equipment, and mobile computer technology have been assigned to Gulu City, Omoro, Nwoya, and Elegu Police Station in Amuru District.

Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema said the equipment brings a sigh of relief to the fire brigade to respond to fire hazards that normally raze people’s properties.

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Amuru Woman MP Lucy Akello said that the new firefighting lorry now assigned to Elegu follows unrelenting follow-ups to Dr Ruth Jane Acheng, the Minister for Health to whom the issue of the fire truck was raised during her recent visit to the border.

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The police fire brigade in the region has been sluggish in responding to emergencies and to avert fire outbreaks in homes, markets, and other infrastructure, especially in Elegu Town Council, at the Uganda- South Sudan border, which has suffered a spate of fire hazards over the years.

The only available firefighting trucks that were deployed to respond to fire outbreaks are normally stationed in Gulu and Kitgum Police Stations. However, they also break down frequently affecting the response.

Earlier, in a separate interview with URN, Godson Mwesigye, the Northern Regional Manager for Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), allayed fears of an impending fire disaster in Elegu, where hundreds of fuel tanks enter South Sudan every day in the absence of firefighting equipment. 

At least 600 market makeshift structures and goods worth millions of Shillings have been razed down by devastating infernos leaving over 300 traders in Elegu counting losses since 2017.