Council fire brigades in manpower crisis


A critical shortage of man power has hit almost all council fire brigades across Zambia thereby affecting service delivery, says Fire Service Union of Zambia (FSUZ) general secretary Clement Mulenga.

Mr Mulenga said the deficit was currently standing at over 1,000 fire fighters, a development that has hampered efficient service delivery

He said had prompted the union to write to Government advising it to recruit more fire officers in the councils across the country to cushion the deficit.

In a letter dated 15th September, 2015 addressed to the Local Governmnet Service Commission and made available to the Daily Nation yesterday, the union was seeking the recruitment of more fire officers for the fire brigade to be effective.

Mr. Mulenga noted that the deficit had not only hampered service delivery but also had an adverse effect on the workers and property in the case of an emergency incident.

“The union wishes to bring to your attention the fact that most fire brigades have less man power levels, a situation that has hampered the fire brigade operations.

“In most fire brigades there are three or four officers on duty for 24 hours; a situation that is detrimental to the safety of both life and property in case of an emergency incident,” Mr. Mulenga said.

He noted that the number of fire brigade personnel in the councils around the country did not meet the minimum requirement.