GNFS Cries For Logistics
The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has appealed for essential logistics to facilitate the work of its educational team to help mitigate the incidence of fire outbreaks in the country.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Kwame Larbi Apraku, Brong-Ahafo Regional Fire Commander made the appeal at the 2013 Fire Safety Week Celebration in Sunyani.
He noted that the incidence of fire was steadily on the ascendancy in Ghana, as major markets and commercial establishments across the country were burnt down in the course of the year.
ACFO Larbi Apraku continued that sadly, Brong-Ahafo recorded the highest fire incident of 520 during the first and second quarters of the year 2013, out of which 60% were domestic.
He said the region also lost more than GH¢2million because of destruction to property, hence, it would be prudent for individuals, corporate bodies and philanthropic organizations to come to the aid of GNFS by way of providing some essential logistics such as pick-ups vehicles to facilitate the work of its educational team as well as the organization of future fire safety weeks.
The Regional Fire Commander explained that the Fire Safety Week has been set aside by the GNFS each year, to educate the general public on the need to prevent fire, adding that this year’s theme: ‘Fire Safety: A shared responsibility’, underscores the symbiotic relationship that exists between GNFS and the general public in the management of fire in the country.
He said apart from the core functions of the GNFS, they also render other services such as Fire safety and prevention through public fire education in schools, markets, and institutions, rescuing of motor accident victims, saving people trapped in wells, pits and heights, saving pets and fire certification and inspection.
ACFO Larbi Apraku stressed that firefighting only comes in as a last resort, hinting that in the GNFS quest to stem the tide of fire incidence, the service in collaboration with some lecturers at the KNUST has written a book on fire management in Ghana to be launched on October 30, 2013.
The Deputy Brong-Ahafo regional Minister, Justice Samuel Agyei said in order to nib the cancer of increasing rate of fire incidence in the bud, government has directed the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies and Market Associations to set up Fire Safety Committees to ensure fire safety in the markets.
He stressed that Regional Fire Commanders have to liaise with the MMDAs to establish fire posts in the various markets and that fire wardens would be trained to ensure 24-hour check and monitoring.
Mr. Samuel Agyei urged Regional Fire Commanders to ensure that MMDAs and the Ghana Water Company Limited provide the needed fire hydrants within the various markets for firefighting, since the markets are under the jurisdiction of the Assemblies.
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