By Mildred Nambi
Police in Luweero have opened up the first ever fire emergency response unit amidst escalating cases of fire outbreaks in the area.
The unit which has been opened at Luweero Central Police station comprises of 15 police fire fighters commanded by Cadet Assistant Inspector of Police ,Benon Rugaba.
The officers reported to Luweero Central Police Station and were deployed in the district.
This followed a petition by Police and local leaders to the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura over rampant fire outbreaks and challenges faced by the police officers in their attempt to stop the fire.
The Officers will be in charge of fighting fire and helping to rescue those who drown in water in the districts of Nakasongola, Luweero and Nakaseke.
The Luweero District Police Commander ,Godfrey Ninsiima, says at least four cases of fire outbreak were being reported in Luweero district alone every month, but unfortunately police had no skilled officers to or equipments to respond leading to enormous property loss.
Nakasongola district Police commander,Dick Ayesigomwe, described the opening up of the unit as relief and an achievement.