Nyeri Governor H.E Mutahi Kahiga together with Deputy Governor Dr. Caroline Karugu have launched two- state- of- the art fire engines at Whispers Park Nyeri town at an event organized by the Department of Gender, Youth and Social Services.
These fire engines arrived in Nyeri county a week ago from Austria where they were being mounted, customized and assembled.
The Governor said that after weighing the cost of maintaining the old fire engines vs the cost of buying new ones, it was deemed more prudent to buy new ones because their breaking down is minimal and their efficiency is higher. These state of the art fire engines are able to put out a fire in a building that has 16 floors. They have a floodlight that can effectively light an expansive area in the dark in the event the fire erupts at night.
The two fire engines now bring to four the number of working engines in the county and this will greatly help to mitigate against frequent and sporadic fires that are encountered often. “I look forward to a time where every sub-county will be having a fire engine of its own,” Governor Mutahi said.
He also asked the Nyeri residents to give the fire engine operators an easy time, this is by making sure that the roads are clear and that the electric wiring of their houses is done by professionals in order to minimize the fires.
The Deputy Governor Dr. Karugu on the other hand urged the drivers of the engines to be cautious with those engines so that they may serve the residents of Nyeri county better and for longer.
Pewin Motors Limited in association with the County Government of Nyeri, Red Cross and St. John’s ambulance exhibited an elaborate demonstration on how to manage fires and the ensuing procedures. Peter Kirigwa, the Chairperson of Pewin Motors Limited spoke of continued collaboration with the County Government of Nyeri while stating that these new fire engines have longevity of 20 years and a guarantee of 12 months. We have specially trained 11 firefighters inclusive of two women.
The Mt. Kenya Region Red Cross Chairperson Gitonga Mugambi hailed the efforts that Nyeri County has put to curb disasters in the County while reiterating Red Cross’ call to continue partnering with CGN in disaster response. “Fire engines are not only used in putting out fires but are also used when other disasters occur because of their equipment and the trained personnel who handle the victims,” said Gitonga. St. John’s Ambulance said they will provide an ambulance that will be accompanying the fire engines on site.
The Governor and his deputy were joined by the County Commissioner Mr. Yatich Kipkemei who assured the governor of enhanced security by national government security agents, County Commandant Adiel Nyange, CECs Youth, Gender and Social Works Esther Ndung’u whose docket organized the launch, Education’s Margaret Macharia, Transport’s Muthui Kariuki, Health’s Dr. Rachel Kamau, County Secretary Benjamin Gachichio, Chief of Staff Paul Wambugu, Economic Advisor to the governor Ndirangu Gachunia. Majority leader in the assembly Hon. Kanyugo Mwangu was in attendance accompanied by area MCA Hon. Peter Kanyari, MCAs Kiruga Thuku,Mary Wamuyu, Simon Muturi, Nderitu Rotex, Stanley Wakibia, Gatheru Wamai, John Theuri and Rose Kamau.