OXFORDSHIRE, U.K., May 1, 2007 – Angus Fire recently donated fire hose and fire fighting foam to the Nigerian Fire Service as part of a Fire Aid package to enhance the Lagos Fire Service’s operational capability. Fire engines and other important support equipment also were part of the much-needed aid package. Angus Fire is part of UTC Fire & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
“We have been donating to Fire Aid packages in Africa since 2001,” said Chris Payne, Angus Fire Sales Manager for Nigeria. “This is our tenth Fire Aid project, and it is notable for its scale, speed of implementation and the immediate effects. Previously, the Lagos Fire Service only had eight fire engines to protect 17 million people, and each fire engine was more than 15 years old. This donation significantly boosts the Lagos Fire Service’s capacity to deal effectively with serious fire and rescue incidents.”
The project was organized by Richard Coates, an independent fire consultant and former group fire advisor to BP, who commented, “I’d like to thank Angus Fire and its local agents for their generous support. Angus Fire has made a real difference in communities previously without fire protection resources. The effect that even a few drums of new foam have on fire fighters, who for years have had nothing, is incredible to witness.”
The new products were officially presented to the State Governor of Lagos, during a public ceremony held at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Lagos Island. The event was attended by several thousand people and featured on national television in Lagos. It featured a live display in which Angus Fire Duraline™ fire hose was carried on a selection of the 60-strong fleet of Green Goddess fire engines recently purchased by the Nigerian Fire Service from the UK Government. The finale was a huge flammable liquid fire extinguished by Angus Petroseal fire fighting foam.
The products donated by Angus also were used to train 30 specially selected fire officers over 10 days at the Lagos Fire Service training centre. Lending his support and technical expertise was Ugochukwu Ezeudu from John Holt NG Plc, the Angus Fire distributor in Nigeria.
Angus Fire is part of UTC Fire & Security, which provides fire safety and security solutions to more than one million customers throughout the world. In 2006 UTC Fire & Security gave more than $1.5 million in cash and in kind donations in order to foster a safe and secure environment in the communities where it operates. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, UTC Fire & Security is a business unit of United Technologies Corp., which provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide.