Police Explain Poor Emergency Response to Fire Outbreaks

The Police Fire Brigade has blamed its common poor response to fire emergences, to lack of sufficient water supply.

Last week, two powerful blazes broke out in Kampala and property worth hundreds of millions of shillings was destroyed.

The residents in downtown Kampala and Barkley where the blazes gutted the property blamed the Police fire brigade for bringing fire fighters carrying no water.

Today, the Assistant Commissioner of Police Hassan Kihanda who acts as Director Fire Prevention and Rescue Services said the fire fighters have limited water capacities and many people’s residences lack water hydrants where the fire truck can be refilled.

“The fire trucks have limited water capacities. They don’t have continuous flow of water. They have limited tanks,” he said.

Most of the tanks according to Kihanda, range from 1,200 to 2,500, 4,000, 6,000 and 10,000 litres.

“Those are the capacities of the fire trucks that we have and water is used up depending on the pressure that is discharged and the size of the hose that you use to discharge it,” he explained.

All the above he said are determined by the size of the fire.


“If the fire is really very big and you use a small hose to extinguish it, you will not be making an impact. You need to push in large volumes of water to create an impact of putting off the fire. We have the capacity of discharging 10,000 litres of water in 4 minutes and people will say the fire truck came without water,” he elaborated.

“This means that the fire truck must go back for refilling where there are water hydrants which are lacking in people’s premises”

The Fire Brigade boss said the unit intends to open stations in other areas to further take services nearer to the people, until all districts in Uganda have got fire stations.

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