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.
Meet The Controller General
Dr. Liman Alhaji Ibrahim, the Controller General, Federal Fire Service whose journey started out as that drop of water which eventually became a mighty ocean was born to the family of Late Alh. Abdulrahman Ndabida, the 4th Imam of Baro in Agaie Local Government Area of Niger State.
Dr. Liman, who happens to be the Wazirin Baro is an erudite scholar who developed himself academically in the quest to attain this height. He started his primary education at L.E.A Primary School Baro from 1967-1973; from there he proceeded to Justice Fati-Lami Abubakar College of Art & Legal Studies, Minna from 1974 – 1979. He attended both the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi before obtaining a Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of Calabar in 2006.
He also attended Bournemouth University and Royal Institute of Public Administration (RIPA) both in London, United Kingdom.
Liman Ibrahim Alhaji, the Controller General, Federal Fire Service, who after his employment as one of the pioneer Cadet Fire Officers in Niger State, started work as a Station Officer on 24thFebruary 1986. This was when he began his illustrious career in the Fire Service.
Under Fire, Crises and Disaster Management Courses:-
Liman, who after obtaining the mandatory Basic Fire Fighting Courses holds the following:-
v Advance Fire Certificate of Competency (ADFCC), Kano 2005.
v Nigeria National Disaster Management Courses No 6 Jaji Kaduna 2007.
v National Disaster/Crises Management (Defence Hqrs Abuja) – 2007
v Malaysia Official Fire Protection and Rescue expo & Conference, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (FIREC 2008).
v Nigeria Executive Disaster Management Seminar, Calabar 2009.
v International Disaster Management Course, London 2010.
v Senior Nigerian Fire Officer’s Study Visit to UK Fire Training & Command Centre, London 2011.
v 2nd International Disaster Management Exhibition/Conference (IDME), Istanbul – Turkey.
Dubai (UAE) Study Tour of the Tallest Building in the World Burg-Khalifa, and other High –Rise Building.
Having the aforementioned, it would have been a standstill for an average person but for this epitome of intelligence, he picked up the call to pursue. This of course led him to bagging more certificates, though this time in management.
These certificates are but not limited to:
v Improved Policy Management & Public Service Delivery (ASCON), Badagry, Lagos.
v Advanced Personnel/Human Resources Management (ASCON) Badagry, Lagos.
v Advanced Econometric Modelling for Policy Analysis and Simulation – Centre for Management (CMD), Lagos.
v Leadership Certificate, Royal Institute of Public Administration (RIPA) London, UK.
v Institutional Development for Permanent Secretaries and Senior Executive Officers (RIPA) London, UK.
Liman Ibrahim is a fellow and member of many professional institutions which are but not limited to :-
v Fellow, Institute of Public Administration (FPA)
v Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration (FCAI)
v Fellow, Institute of Registered Administrative Managers of Nigeria (F. inst AM).
v Fellow, Fire Protection Association of Nigeria
v Fellow, Institute of Leadership and Management
v Fellow, Institute of Disaster Management and Safety Service
v Member Institute of Fire Engineers UK (MIFireE)
v Member Rio-de-Janario Fire & Rescue Service, Brazil.
It may interest you to know the CG Liman is all encompassing as he did not limit himself to bagging certificates but availed himself to service everywhere he finds himself and where the opportunity presents itself, which led him to having work and leadership experiences even from his supposed humble beginning to the pinnacle. Worth mentioning, they include, but not limited to:
® HOD – Admin and Staff Welfare – Niger State Fire Service (NSFS)
® HOD – Training and Research – Niger State Fire Service (NSFS)
® HOD – Fire Prevention and Consultancy Service – Niger State Fire Service (NSFS)
® HOD – Operations – Niger State Fire Service (NSFS)
® Member LGA Caretaker Committee, Agaie LGA
® Public Relation Officer Niger State Fire Service (NSFS)
® HOD – FCT Fire Service, Abuja.
® Ag. Director FCT Urban Affairs Department Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) in charge of Disaster Management in the FCT.
® Controller – FCT Fire Service, Abuja.
® Assistant Controller General (Admin & Supply) – Federal Fire Service (FFS)
® Assistant Controller General (Planning, Regulatory & Inspectorate) – Federal Fire Service (FFS)
® Ag. Controller General Federal Fire Service, Abuja.
® Controller General, Federal Fire Service.
Dr. Liman is also Member of many professional Institution such as:-
® Member, Wawickshire Fire and Rescue Service, U.K
® Member, North Amptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, U.K.
® Member, Institute of Fire Engineers, U.K.
® Member, Rio-de-Janairo Fire Rescue, Brazil
® Dr. Liman was appointed the Pan-African Distinguished Award (PADA).
® Kwame Nkruma Exemplary Leadership Merit Award
He was appointed the Ag. Controller General Federal Fire Service on 4th March 2019. Before his appointment, he was foundation Head of the FCT Fire Service, which he nurtured from infancy and developed it to its enviable status. He later became its pioneer Controller and was later promoted as first Assistant Controller General. His appointment was transferred from FCT Fire Service to the Federal Fire Service in August 2015. When he resumed duty, he was posted to head the Administration and Supply Department of the Service.
In his capacity as the Head of the Administration Department, he worked very closely with the retired Controller General Engr. Anebi Joseph Garba in assisting him in policy formulation and implementation. It is open knowledge that the contributions of Liman Ibrahim Alhaji the Controller General assisted in the sterling performance of the immediate past Management team.
He was later posted to the Policy Regulatory and Inspectorate Department (PRI), where he directed the affairs of the Department successfully until his appointment as the Ag. Controller General before his confirmation by the President and Commander –In- Chief of the Armed Forces as the substantive Controller General of Federal Fire Service on the 26th March 2019.
To produce Firefighters proficient in the prevention and mitigation of fire and other emergencies.
Federal Fire Service as first responder is available 24hrs 7days in a week to respond to distress calls from citizens.
We are providing professional development for the fire and rescue services in the Country.
The National Fire Academy in affiliation with Nigeria Defence Academy is providing post graduate studies.
Saving Lives and Property
Federal Fire Service is reducing fire outbreak through training of firefighters and deployment of new firefighting equipments and public enlightenment across the country.
The Federal Fire Service under the leadership of the Controller General is being re-positioned for effective service delivery
New Look of the Headquarters building of the Federal Fire Service.
Building Response Capacity
Commissioning of the new state of the arts fire fighting trucks by the Honourable Minister of Interior
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