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Japan donates ‘mitumba’ fire engines to Nairobi

Nairobi County has received four second-hand fire engines from the government of Japan.

During the signing ceremony on Wednesday at the City Hall in Nairobi, the Ambassador of Japan H.E. Tatsushi Terada said he was delighted to provide Nairobi city with the fire engines.

On his part Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero thanked the Government of Japan and said the county was happy to receive the four engines to add to the six the county has.

The four engines will include, three fire engines with water tanks and one chemical fire engine. The Government of Japan will also provide technical training for handling the engines.


The engines are expected to be handed to the county in the next four months and will cost the Japanese government approximately Sh200 million.

Nairobi has witnessed recurrent incidents of fire in the recent past that has led to loss of lives and property.

On August 07, 2013, it took 6 hours to put out a massive fire that ravaged the main terminal of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The incident resulted in the closure of the airport, evacuation of passengers and diversion of incoming flights.

On December 04, 2014, five people were reported dead and hundreds rendered homeless in Kibera following an inferno that razed down several houses in the informal settlement.