Albert Brown Gaisie
President John Mahama has commended the Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Brown Gasie, management and personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) for their efforts in ensuring that lives and property are protected from undesired fire across the country.
“On behalf of the Ghanaian people and on my own behalf, I thank you for your efforts, particularly in the handling of the Tema Medical Stores Fire and the June 3 twin-disaster incidents,” he noted.
The President made the commendation during an end of year get-together (WASSA) organized by the management of GNFS for its personnel at the Service’s headquarters in Accra just before the curtains were drawn over 2015.
With particular reference to the Tema Medical Stores Incident, the President noted that the chemicals involved in the fire were so hazardous to humans nonetheless the fire personnel gallantly brought it under control and finally extinguished it.
Touching on the June 3 twin-disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, the President lauded the Service for the professionalism with which personnel handled the flood and fire incident saying, “but for the exceptional professionalism, I am sure that many more lives may have been lost.”
Touching on the equipment requirement of the Service, the President indicated his administration’s resolve to provide the needed state-of-the-art equipment to enable the Service discharge its duties effectively and efficiently across the country.
According to the President, he was aware that high-rise buildings, some of which have over 25 floors, keep springing up but the Fire Service Turntable Ladder (TTL) could only extend to the sixth floor.
This situation, the President conceded, was not good for the country and resolved to provide the Service with TTL’s that can get to higher floors as requested by the Chief Fire Officer.
He also conveyed the appreciation of the President and the people of Togo to the Service for their support during a major fire incident which struck that country recently.
The Service, he said, will have its allocation of utility vehicles being distributed to security services soon.
According to him, government has equipped the Service with the single largest consignment of equipment and tools in recent years made up notably of 232 fire fighting pliances over the period.
The President hinted that 24 more fire tenders will soon arrive in the country from India to provide fire cover for districts without Fire Stations.
He pledged his government’s support to providing more equipment, including Turntable Ladders to the Service to cater for high-rise buildings springing up in the country.
President Mahama urged personnel of the service to take good care of the equipment provided to ensure maximum benefit and a longer lifespan.
The Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, presented the President with a citation and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).