Minister vows more equipment for fighfighters

Defence minister Adam Shareef Umar on Monday has vowed to include better equipment for local firefighters in next year's budget.

At the conclusion of the workshop held at the Coast Guard building to train the Fire and Rescue Department to control fires in multi-storey buildings, the minister promised to begin efforts to bring in the necessary equipment to deal with fires in high buildings.

"It is difficult to control these types of fires as firefighters don't have the right tools for the job. It is very important we obtain the right equipment," the minister stated.

He also noted that the workshop held in preparation of fires in high buildings showcased the foresight of the Maldivian military for preparing against such incidents before they occur.