Personnel at the station, which is located adjacent the Controller and Accountant General’s Department head office, would conduct regular inspections and embark on educational campaigns, to secure buildings in the area against fire.
Dr. Gaisie said the Fire Precautions (Premises) Regulations bill was currently before parliament for consideration, and if passed into law, it would oblige offices to strictly adhere to precautionary measures, such as installation of early fire warnings and other protective systems, to avert fire incidences.
He said regional and district fire offices had been directed to conduct inspection at offices of the Electoral Commission across the country, ahead of the December general elections.
The directive, Dr. Gaisie said, was to adequately safeguard offices of EC against fire outbreaks, especially during the upcoming polls.
He said the GNFS has in the past one year, established 27 fire stations in the country to augment existing ones.
Dr. Gaisie said there was the need to take fire precautionary measures to prevent fires at homes and offices.
Minister of the Interior, Mr. Prosper Douglas Bani, in a speech read on his behalf, said “let me urge personnel posted here to take good care of the fire tenders provided for this station because the tenders are expensive”.
He urged Ghanaians to support the GNFS in preventing fire outbreaks.
The Head of Civil Service, Nana Agyekum Dwamena, said the fire station was established following collaboration between the civil service and the GNFS, to prevent fire outbreaks.
He said a ministerial area security task force had been formed to ensure protection of lives and property in the Ministries area.
By Charles Amankwa and Benedicta Ampadu Okyere