Kilifi county government has allocated ksh.30 million for the procurement of new modern firefighting equipment and hiring expertise in a bid to minimize cases of disasters and sea accidents in the county.
This follows frequent reports of fire outbreaks and people drowning in the ocean in different parts of the county.
Emmanuel Katana, a Chief officer in the office of the governor and public service management said a rescue boat, life jackets and other fire fighting equipments will be procured.
“We are also planning to bring in professionals in those areas to train our Staff on how to operate them,” added Katana.
Two weeks back a fisherman was reported to have drowned while fishing in the Indian Ocean at Kwa Ngala area in Kilifi .
The Coast Sea Survival Unit which is the only professional rescue unit in the county could not manage to rescue the victim due to lack of sophisticated rescue machinery.
Earlier, the Sea Top hotel in Kilifi was burnt down with other three cottages left completely destroyed with fire following a breakdown of fire engines .
Lack of sufficient fire fighting equipments has rendered the businesses and other developments premises vulnerable to millions of loses.
Story reported by David Ngumbao-Baraka FM County Reporter.