The rescues occurred between January and September.
The Commissioner for Special Duties in Ekiti, Apalara Wole-Adewumi, said the state Fire Service Department rescued 52 people in 98 fire incidents between January and September 2013.
Mr. Wole-Adewumi, who made this known at a public forum in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, said property worth N594 million were saved from the incidents.
He reiterated the commitment of the state government to protect of lives and property of the citizenry.
“The duties of the state fire service have also been redesigned to include other artificial and natural disaster management.
“The present administration had re-positioned the Fire Service Department from its erstwhile deplorable condition with the procurement of ultra-modern fire-fighting equipment, recruitment and training of firemen.
“Six ultra-modern fire fighting trucks, five ambulances and three water tankers have been purchased and will be commissioned by the governor before the end of the month,’’ he said.
Mr. Wole-Adewumi said that 128 fire fighters and 43 paramedics were recruited and trained in the last few months.
The commissioner said that ambulance bays were established at five communities of Igbara- Odo, Otun-Ekiti, Ago-Aduloju, Itawure and Ifaki-Ekiti.
He said the state government was renovating the two fire stations at Ikere-Ekiti and Ikole-Ekiti.
He said government distributed relief materials worth millions of naira to 103 rainstorm victims in Oye, Ido-Osi and Ifelodun Local Government Areas.
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