The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has cautioned residents against making false fire alarm calls.
LCC acting Public Relations Manager George Simuchimba told ZANIS in press statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that residents had developed a habit of raising false fire alarms by calling fire stations purporting that certain properties in the city were on fire when in fact were not.
Mr Simuchimba said that the fire fighters were forced to make fruitful emergency response duties to the described locations only to discover that they were false alarms.
He said that the motive behind the irresponsible act was yet to be established and the Council wondered if the perpetrators were benefiting from the falsehood because the act was not alarming but costing the Local Authority resources on wasted fuel and time.
Mr Simuchimba warned alarmists that their days were numbered as Council was working with relevant institutions to track down the false alarmists through the relevant tracking systems.
Meanwhile, the Lusaka City Council has commended government through the ministry of housing and infrastructure for allocating four out of the 42 fire tenders to the capital city.
The four fire tenders are expected to equip LCC fire brigade to effectively respond to fires and other related emergencies in the capital city and save lives and property.
The new fire tenders would be deployed in areas such as Makeni, Chilenje and Chelstsone once the mini fire stations are constructed.
Meanwhile, the Lusaka City Council (LCC) says it has embarked on an integrated partnership with the Lusaka District Health Management Team (DMHT) to control the infestation of mosquitoes in the capital city.
In a press statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday by LCC acting public relations manager George Sichimba, the council commenced the exercise on September 29, 2017 with the aim of controlling the swarm of the nuisance mosquitoes in most parts of the city.
The Local authority says it will conduct residual spraying and open drains in order to reduce the breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
The council has started the exercise in Olympia residential area and will be rolled out to Roma, Garden, Long acres, North mead and Emmasdale townships which are the most infested by mosquitoes in the city.
The Lusaka City Council has in the last one month received numerous complaints from residents mostly affected by the parasite.
The local authority has called on residents of the affected townships to cooperate with Council officers tasked with the responsibility of spraying in the affected areas.
Pest control is the responsibility of local authorities in Zambia as provided for in the Local Government Act Cap 281 of the Laws of Zambia.