FEMA to introduce Emergency Marshals to checkmate hazards in Area Councils

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By Joyce Remi-Babayeju

The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said that it has completed plans to introduce Emergency Marshals to work in different communities around the six Area Councils to checkmate hazards that may occur due to the rapid growing population in the nation’s capital.


Director General, FCT Emergency Management (FEMA) Alhaji Abbas Iddris on Wednesday disclosed that the agency has carried out hazards mappings in Abuja, identifying areas where urgent attention was required.

Iddris explained that the decision to introduce Emergency Marshals was based on the need to increase life saving interventions and also mitigate hazards due to over population.

According to him, the Marshals would complement the efforts of other volunteers who have played key roles in the agency’s activities.

He said, “We intend to introduce emergency Marshals this year. These are volunteers who assist students, hospital workers and PWD, and other public servants during emergencies.

“They also assist in facility services, Risk Management and Safety Services by reporting conditions in a building that could present a hazard during an emergency.

“They are also to maintain an orderly evacuation and environmental cleanliness of Communities in which they cover.”

The Marshals are also to carryout briefings on evacuation and complete monthly checklist for fire safety issues in their areas”, he added.

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