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A Police officer told URN on condition of anonymity that the fire tender was recalled to the Police Headquarters in Kampala to bridge the gaps in Kampala in case of a fire outbreak. The officer says that they were told to ask for the truck in case of any emergence in the region.
File Photo; The Fire brigade and water truck which were donated to Savannah Region in 2013. However the Police Force has since redeployed the fire brigade leaving residents with only water truck

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Police in Greater Luweero are incapacitated to respond fire and other related emergencies over the withdrawal of fire tenders. In 2013, Police established a fire response unit at Luweero Central Police station to respond to fire and other emergencies in Savannah Region comprising of Nakasongola, Nakaseke and Luweero districts.

The unit was equipped with 15 officers, a fire tender and water truck. However, as the Force prepares for the Christmas and New Year holidays, reports shows that the unit is constrained to adequately respond to fire and other related emergencies because of the withdrawal of the fire tender for deployment in Kampala.

A Police officer told URN on condition of anonymity that the fire tender was recalled to the Police Headquarters in Kampala to bridge the gaps in Kampala in case of a fire outbreak. The officer says that they were told to ask for the truck in case of any emergence in the region.

The number of officers has also dropped from to 8 officers who are on high alert to respond to emergencies. The withdrawal of the fire truck has angered local leaders and residents, saying their lives and property are at high risk. Paul Mukungu, the Luweero Town Council LC 3 Chairperson, says Luweero is far away from Kampala city, adding that waiting for response from the city in case of the emergency is risky.

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Fire outbreaks are common during the festive season as people leave candles in their houses unattended too to enjoy festivities.

Sam Mubiru, a resident of Kiwogozi zone in Luweero town, says that the area is also facing unstable power supply, which could trigger fire.  He calls for vigilance from fellow residents given the fact that police are incapacitated.

Edward Kyaligonza, the Savannah Regional Police Commander has downplayed the fears of the residents, saying Police will be able to respond to any kind of emergency.

He says although the fire tender isn't available, officers have been directed to use the water truck in case of need.

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