STAND Appeals to International Partners for Urgent Assistance to Equip Liberia’s Fire Service Department

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STAND Appeals to International Partners for Urgent Assistance to Equip Liberia’s Fire Service Department
STAND Appeals to International Partners for Urgent Assistance to Equip Liberia’s Fire Service Department

Africa-Press – Liberia. Solidarity and Trust for a New Day (STAND), a prominent civil society organization in Liberia, has launched an urgent appeal to strategic development partners for assistance in combating the escalating fire outbreaks devastating homes, communities, and institutions.

In an effort to garner support for the Liberia National Fire Service, STAND has dispatched letters to the US Embassy, the British Embassy, and the Delegation of the European Union, stressing the critical need for assistance to strengthen the capabilities of the Liberia National Fire Service.

In separate letters to international partners, STAND emphasized that the frequency of fire incidents in Liberia has reached alarming levels, resulting in tragic loss of lives and extensive property damage.

Highlighting this grim reality, Mr. Edwin Tisdell, the Deputy Director for Operations at the Liberia National Fire Service, outlined the challenges faced by the department, including insufficient equipment and limited financial support.

STAND urges the government to declare the fight against outbreaks a national emergency, emphasizing that these fire tragedies not only claim lives but also exacerbate socio-economic challenges, impacting small businesses, academic institutions, and religious establishments.

The organization warns that unless met with a practical, solution-based approach, this situation poses a growing threat to Liberia’s national security and democratic stability.

In its plea for support, articulated in multiple communications to embassies near Monrovia, STAND requests fire trucks equipped with water tanks, hoses, and pumps, protective gear, breathing apparatuses, fire extinguishers, axes, tools, support vehicles for personnel transportation, and logistical support, including additional training programs and workshops to enhance the firefighting skills of the Liberia National Fire Service.

Additionally, STAND appeals for safety uniforms for firefighters to ensure their personal safety during emergency responses.

In conclusion, STAND assures Liberia’s development partners of its highest regard, committing to advocate for the prioritization of essential services during government budget allocations.

The organization also emphasizes its commitment to being a strong voice against impunity, urging the government of Liberia to adhere to good governance practices to combat public corruption and enhance accountability.

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