The Federal Fire Service was established in 1901 by the British colonial regime as a unit within the Lagos Police Service Department to prevent and combat fire outbreaks in the Government Reserved Areas of Lagos Colony. This Unit was formed and incorporated alongside the then Lagos Police and was known as the Lagos Police Fire Brigade.
The Police Fire Brigade was thus an apparatus of the British Colonial Government. Its leadership and administration rested squarely on the colonists. The Police Fire Brigade essentially developed along the line of protecting the colonial regime’s interests and infrastructure.
The Lagos Police Fire Brigade became Federal Fire Service by an Act of Parliament in 1963 known as the Fire Service Act of 1963. All the officers and men serving in the Lagos Police Fire Brigade were transferred to the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs as officers and men of the Federal Fire Service. The Federal Fire Service is therefore a paramilitary organisation, under the Supervision of the Minister of the Federal Ministry of Interior, with the Controller-General as its Head.
ADMIN. & FINANCE:
- Oversees appointments, promotions, discipline, welfare, training & development, and general administrative matters;
- Prepares the personnel budget;
- Supervises the various commands such as Lagos Command, etc.
- Administers fund and expenditures.
POLICY, REGULATORY & INSPECTORATE (PRI)
- Policy formulation;
- Sets standards;
- Regulates State & Private Fire Services;
- Inspects and ensures fire safety compliance in public buildings;
- Collects and collates fire statistics for planning, research and development;
- Disaster management.
NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY
- Provides the training requirements for firefighters within the country and the African sub- region;
- Formulates and develops fire safety curriculum for schools and the academy
- Carries-out topography of their areas of jurisdiction;
- Effects rescues