If there is one plague that ruins properties and bring sorrow into our homes, then it is the incessant fire outbreaks that continues to take us by surprise.
A released data from the Ghana National Fire Service shows that between January and June this year, the nation has recorded 3,077 fire outbreaks. Well, 3,077 means a lot when counting but did you ever know ninety percent of these fires could be prevented?
Such is the case according to Mr. Prince Billy Anaglatey. He is the Divisional Officer and Deputy Public Relations Officer of the GNFS. He reveals the institution has revisited their campaign to shut down every organization that has no fire fighting facilities or gadgets.
In an interview with Okay FM, Mr. Prince Billy Anaglatey stated that the issue of fire outbreaks has become alarming because people have deliberately refused to avail themselves or learn fire prevention tactics.
“We try as much as possible to ensure that we educate people at the lorry parks, church places or a community gathering. But you realize that people are not even implementing some of the measures they are taught to use in preventing fire”, he discloses.
According to the Divisional Officer and Deputy Public Relations Officer of the GNFS, after toiling to convince mangers of organization about the need to install gadgets to curb fire outbreaks, some of them turn a deaf ear on the issue or refuse to buy the fire fighting gadgets proposed to them.
He adds that the GNFS recently summoned organizations before the law court and were given the power to close down others with no fire equipments. Mr. Prince Billy Anaglatey warned that just as they have closed down organizations in the past, they would do the same in the coming days. “We have decided to enforce the law to ensure that people who flout the regulation and fail to have fire certiciates are taken to court.
Companies who want to train workers as fire wardens could arrange for that and cotact the GNFS for training according to Mr. Anaglatey. “We have been sending people to organizations to make them understand that the best way to prevent fire from occuring at their premise, is to ensure they avail people we can train as fire wardens. These fire wardens would end up with eyes to rectify hazards within organizations”, he claimed.