Local Government and Housing Minister Steven Kampyongo has directed the Fire Services department to quickly recruit officers to take over from the five fire officers who recently died on duty in Chirundu district.
Mr. Kampyongo was speaking when he officially opened a four days Chief Fire Officers and Officers in Charge Standing Committee Conference aimed at discussing ways of enhancing the provision of fire and rescue services in the country.
The Minister said the deceased officers need to be quickly replaced and consider recruiting from their families.
Mr. Kampyongo revealed that President Lungu gave his ministry instructions to effect the provision of effective and efficient fire and rescue services as one of the priority services in the country.
He added that government values the role that the fire-fighters play in saving the lives of people and protecting property from destruction by fire in the country.
And Chief Fire Officers Standing Committee Chairperson Clement Zulu appealed to government to consider the fire policy which will give direction and proper management of fire and rescue services in the country.
Mr. Zulu further appealed for the construction of modern fire stations in all provincial headquarters and districts as well as recruitment of fire-fighters.
He also requested for the consideration of construction of fire Service College that will issue diploma and degree courses at the national fire service college.
The fire fighters demonstrated some lifesaving drills shortly before the commencement of the conference.