In its effort to enhance operational safety and fulfill its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the Nigerian society, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has refurbished some 17 fire trucks after 20 years of neglect.
In a statement made available to newsmen by the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, 17 out of the 24 fire trucks earmarked for refurbishing have been successfully repaired and handed over to the respective units, the latest being a set of two refurbished fire trucks handed over to 107 Air Maritime Group Benin on October 5, 2017.
“With the refurbishment of the fire trucks, the NAF is now able to independently provide fire cover for aircraft operations at its bases”, the statement reads.
Also, the NAF is better positioned to provide complementary services with regards to fire fighting in the host communities.
The statement revealed that most of the fire trucks being refurbished had been parked for over 20 years as they had gone ‘Beyond Economic Repairs’.
In keeping with one of the key drivers of the vision of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, which is ‘Robust logistics support and maintenance culture to sustain platforms and equipment serviceability’, the refurbishment were undertaken by a local firm utilizing Nigerian engineers and mostly locally sourced materials and spare parts.
The local firm, on October 7, 2017 commenced the refurbishing of another set of 2 fire trucks at 041 Communications Depot, NAF Base Shasha in Lagos.