The Liberia National Fire Service is to construct a modern fire service facility in Ganta, Nimba County as part of its decentralization process.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Nimba recently, Deputy Director for Operations Alex K. Dickson said the construction of the fire station is expected to begin by February 2016.
He added that the government wants to strengthen security in the wake of the UNMIL complete drawdown.
A team of fire service officials on an assessment tour of Ganta, said the people of Nimba must provide an acre of land in an ideal area for the construction of the facility.
The team visited the offices of the City Mayor of Ganta for consultations, and requested the city to identify an area for the construction of the fire service station.
Ganta is one of the busiest commercial cities in Liberia. It has a population of over 70, 000 inhabitants, and many public facilities, including hospitals, schools as well as clinics.
The city also has several commercial banks, including Ecobank, Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), United Bank of Africa, Guarantee Trust Bank and First International Bank (FiBank) as well as stores, entertainment centers and market places.
Fire has caused extensive damage to properties in Ganta in the past when residents did not have any means to extinguish fires due to lack of firefighters.
However, Ganta city authorities are yet to make an official statement about their request for land for the construction of the facility.