Hundred Fire Fighters Go One Year without Pay - Sierra Leone News

Monday, March 4, 2019

Hundred Fire Fighters Go One Year without Pay

The last batch of one hundred fire fighters recruited by the National Fire Force (NFF) in 2017, have gone for over a year without salary.

The one hundred young and able men and women with high expectations from their families and loved ones have been left in the cold without knowing clearly their fate.

These fire fighters who were have been deployed across the country in the various Fire Stations were recruited in 2017 following a request made the Chief National Fire Fighter Officer, Nazir Ahmad Alie Kamanda-Bongay to the Ministry of Finance to beef up the NFF nationwide.

These young men and women are finding it difficult to make a living, as a result of the current economic hardship and the skyrocketing of basic commodity in the country.

The Chief Fire Officer told Premier News that, he was given an approval in 2017 by the Ministry of Finance to recruit 200 personnel but decided to do the recruitment in two batches of 100 each.

He furthered that, they fast-track the recruitment process and conducted the training which turnout to be successful, adding that they later deployed the personnel across the various fire stations in the country, while they conducted an examination for the second batch shortly before the 2018 multitier elections.

Mr. Kamanda-Bongay said he has sent correspondences to the office of the Human Resource Management Office (HRM) and Finance Ministry informing them about the issue, but there seems to be no headway. “It is a matter of time but am sure the government is going to pay them,” he said.

Giving a statistics of fire incidences in the country, the Chief Fire Officer said a total of 387 fire incidents occurred from January to December 2018, adding that the month of March recorded the highest incidents with 51 cases, and with the lowest fire incidents is September.

Kamanda-Bongay explained furthered that, Western Area has the highest number of fire incident with 226 (58.40%), while the Southern Region has the lowest with 33 (8.53%) fire incidents.

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