The City of Kigali and Police in partnership with and Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA) have embarked on installing water hydrants in different parts of the city to further strengthen measures against fire breakouts.
The Police’s Fire and Rescue Brigade has been facing a challenge of lack of enough water filling stations, as the nearest and only firefighting trucks’ refilling station is based in Kimisagara in Nyarugenge District.
This at times would affect their rescue mission in case it requires more water to put out fires.
The installation of water hydrants, which started mid this month will see numerous of them installed around big buildings, hotels, financial institutions, night clubs, schools petrol stations and markets, among others places.
Rwanda National Police has already installed its own water hydrants at the headquarters in Kacyiru.
Superintendent Albert N. Gakara, the Police Spokesperson-Central, noted that when Police’s Fire and Rescue Brigade intervenes to put out fire in a particular area, the rescue mission is in one way or another affected by commuting long distances to the water refilling station.
“In such cases, fire causes more damage and more property destroyed. These water hydrants, therefore, come as an answer to this challenge,” said Gakara.
Describing it as a quick intervention strategy, Supt Gakara observed that water hydrants are a “good preventive measure against fire outbreak,” that will see fire threats contained.
He urged residents to have ownership of the strategy, install firefighting equipment in their facilities and importantly partner with Police and other concerned institutions by sharing adequate and timely information to ensure fire hazards are prevented in the country.
There have been destructive fire outbreaks around the city of late. Big businesses like Cadillac Night club and down town bar were consumed by these fires late last year.