Central Region records 46 fire outbreaks

Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, Chief Fire Officer. (3)A TOTAL of 46 cases of fire outbreaks have been recorded in the Central Region since the beginning of this year, according to the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) Regional Command.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) John Amponsah Tetteh, the Regional Fire Commander, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency, said as of Tuesday, January 13, 28 bush fires, 14 domestic fires, and the remaining 4 fires, relating to gas and refuse were recorded.

He made these known when the Command embarked on a fire safety drive at the Siwdu Kokompe (mechanic shops) and the Kotokoraba markets to educate the traders and mechanics on how to prevent fire outbreaks during the Harmattan season, in Cape Coast.

ACFO Tetteh said activities of mechanics and traders could cause fire outbreaks,  and cautioned traders at the Kotokoraba market against illegal connection of electricity, and the using of coal pot at the market, which he said was the main cause of market fires.

also called for the formation of workplace and community fire volunteer groups saying the GNFS was ready to train them to complement the work of the service.

ACFO Tetteh He cautioned the traders at the Kotokoraba market to desist from illegal connection of electricity to the market and the using of coal pot in the market, which he said had been the major causes of market fire outbreaks in the country.

He said the GNFS had instituted Fire Safety Response Department to ensure rapid response to fire outbreak cases and advised the public not to hesitate to call the Fire Service whenever there was fire outbreak.

ACFO Tetteh advised households not to use electrical gadgets that required more power on one socket or leave their gadgets on when there were no one in the house, adding that it could lead to fire outbreak.

Assistant Divisional Officer II, DCO II Abdul Wasiu Hudu, Public Relation Officer of the Central Regional Fire Service, expressed worry about the congestion at the temporal Kotokoraba market structure due to the mounting of unauthorized structures and illegal electricity connections in the market.


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