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Gambia: 'Fire Service Needs More Fighters, Mobility to Curb Bush Fires'

The Gambia Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) on Wednesday told Foroyaa that they need more firefighters and mobility in order for them to function effectively and fight against hundreds of bush fires in the country.

p The Gambia Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) on Wednesday told Foroyaa that they need more firefighters and mobility in order for them to function effectively and fight against hundreds of bush fires in the country.Njie said bush fires are common in Kiang in the Lower River Region (LRR), saying as a department they find it disheartening when they hear about fire incidents.9 per cent of the bush fires are caused by people within the community who either go to the bush to harvest honey (as they set the fire in order for the flames to scare the bees) or through accidents.Njie said Kiang is vulnerable to bush fires and their fact-findings showed that bee harvesters use fire to drive away bees.

' The Fire Officer said the distance between Soma and Kiang is far (which is over 60 kilometers), adding it issometimes difficult to fight bush fires.In order for them to fight against imfernos, Njie said they need pick-up vehicles that would make their work easy and curb the fires ravaging the communities.

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