GNFS records decrease in fire outbreaks in North East

Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA

Gambaga (NER) Jan.
22, GNA – The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in the North East Region
significantly reduced the incidence of fire outbreaks in the Region last year
through intensified fire safety education, engineering and enforcement of

The Region recorded
29 fire outbreaks and six road traffic crashes, with five deaths as compared to
43 fire outbreaks, 15 road crashes and nine deaths in 2018.

The North East
Regional Fire Commander, Divisional Officer Grade 1 (DO1) Anthony Gyasi-Boateng
who made this known at Gambaga in the East Mamprusi Municipality when Mr
Ambrose Dery paid a day’s working visit to the Region, said the Command was
poised to further reduce the numbers.

He said the Fire
Safety Team conducted inspections and fire audits on high-rise buildings,
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and fuel stations, Guest houses, educational
institutions, private and government agencies in the Region and that
contributed to the success.

It also embarked on
educational programmes on safety across the Region, especially at market
centres, churches, mosques and lorry parks among other public places.

He said a two-hour
radio airtime was secured from NOBYAH FM at Nalerigu, the Regional capital, to
help disseminate the message of fire safety to the people since resource
constraints coupled with poor road network in the Region made it difficult to
reach out to many.

Even though the
Regional Coordinating Council (RCC)allocated the Nalerigu Town Library block to
the Service for temporal use as the Regional headquarters, the Commander said
the structure was not suitable for habitation.

He said the
development compelled him to operate from a single room office at the RCC,
while the rest of the headquarters’ staff including; the Deputy Fire Commander,
operated from the Gambaga Fire Station, “This makes monitoring a bit tedious
and ineffective.”

The Commander
disclosed that the Paramount Chief of the Mamprugu Traditional Area, the
Nayiri, Naa Bohagu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, had allocated a five acre parcel of
land at Nalerigu for the construction of a standard Regional headquarters.

DO1 Gyasi-Boateng
said the Region had six administrative Districts with only three Fire Stations,
namely the Walewale Fire Station in the West Mamprusi Municipality, the Gambaga
station in the East Mamprusi Municipality and the Bunkpurugu Fire Station in
the Bunkpurugu- Nakpanduri District.

He said the total
staff strength of the Region was 84, with four vehicles, out of which one was
unserviceable, and appealed to the Minister for the Interior to help address
the numerous challenges facing the service for effective delivery.

Addressing the
Officers, Mr Dery said the staff strength of the Service was inadequate, and
gave the assurance that the Ministry would improve the numbers, because the
GNFS was one of the critical security agencies that government was putting
measures in place to upgrade to international standards.

According to him,
the Ministry of Interior under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recruited
the highest number of Fire Officers since Ghana’s Independence, “We have
recruited thousands of Fire Officers, but in the case of your region, we
understand that the numbers are not good enough.”