Local Government Permanent Secretary Mathews Ngulube has cautioned local authorities against allowing untrained fire officers to work on fire emergencies.
Mr. Ngulube says this is not only risk but against government regulations.
He has since reminded local authorities that they have the responsibility to avail officers who allocated places for Fire Prevention Courses.
Mr. Ngulube expressed disappointment with some local authorities and other organisations who have failed to avail officers who were allocated places to undertake the Fire Prevention Course this year.
Speaking during the pass out of 146 fire fighters, Mr. Ngulube said the government remains committed to providing financial resources, policy support and guidance to ensure all fire and rescue activities are implemented accordingly.
Mr. Ngulube has since directed the Fire Fighter Training School Commandant to submit to his office the names of local authorities that have not sent their fire officers for training for the ministry’s action.
And Fire Services Union of Zambia President, Josphat Zulu, has also expressed his dismay that despite the government declaring all Local Authorities as Fire Authorities, very few local authorities have responded by budgeting for the provision of fire services.