By: Latifa Yusuf Masai
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – Four fire fighting trucks current owned by the Hargeisa municipality shall constitute the nucleus of the newly established Somaliland Fire brigade.
This was revealed during a function to lay the foundation stone of the Fire Brigade’s national headquarters which is adjacent to the ministry of environment offices in Hargeisa.
The National Fire Brigade was established by President Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo last week through a presidential decree #JSL/M/XERM/249-2619/072014 in which the head of state stipulated the objectives of the new agency while outlining the body, structure and extent of services to be rendered.
Officiating the function were the minister of Finance Abdiaziz Samale, Minister of Interior Mohamed Ali Waran’ade, Police commander Brigadier Fadal Iman and mayor of Hargeisa Councillor Abdirahman Aideed Soltelco who also jointly laid the foundation stone to the new buildings to house the brigade’s national headquarters.
At the same function which saw the national theatre troupe perform a play themed on the positive impact of a fire brigade nationwide it was also revealed that the first commander of the new service to operate under the police force was a Mr. Kenyatti said to be a Diaspora based Somalilander with extensive fire fighting knowledge, skills and experience.