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Kiira Fire Brigade Vehicles Grounded

According to the monthly police reports, at least 15 cases of fire were recorded in August alone compared to 11 captured in July. However, in all incidents, police was helped by fire trucks from the surrounding factories.
The state of the drivers' seat in one of fire vehicles.
The Kiira Police Region Fire Protection and Rescue Services Department is incapacitated to respond to fire outbreaks following the breakdown of its fire trucks.

The fire trucks have been grounded for the past two months making it impossible for the department to respond to fire outbreaks.

The grounded vehicles include two water tower fire fight vehicles registration number UP 2350 and UP 3327 and a  Benz water carrier registration number; UP 0194. The grounded vehicles have a water carriage capacity of 600 liters each.

According to the monthly police reports, at least 15 cases of fire were recorded in August alone compared to 11 captured in July. However, in all incidents, police was helped by fire trucks from the surrounding factories.

According to a source within police, the vehicles lack tires while the water pumps and tanks are faulty. "These vehicles have not been serviced in the past 10 months, and on top of not having tires and broken water pumps, the water carrier tanks are leaking and at times we reach the fire scenes when we have less than 200 liters of water," the officer told URN on condition of anonymity.

Citing Madhivani market which was gutted in August this year, the officer said they arrived at the scene when the fire had just started but couldn't pump water to stop it from spreading. He said the state of the vehicles has attracted outrage from community members who on four incidents have stoned police officers who report to the scene on time but fail to rescue their property due to the poor mechanical condition of their vehicles.

Another officer said, "The director of fire protection and rescue services held a meeting with the responsible officers in the first week of August and promised to send us a new vehicle but we are yet to receive it.”

The Kiira region police spokesperson, Diana Nandawula has confirmed the sorry state of the vehicles. "It is true that the director in charge of fire protection and rescue came and examined the state of these vehicles and we are waiting for his response," Nandawula said.