CR records 141 fires from January to date

The Central Region has recorded 141 fire outbreaks between January and March this year, the worst since 1997, which resulted in the destruction of property running into thousands of Ghana Cedis.

The regional office of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) is therefore calling on every citizen in the region to help address the menace.

In an interview with The Ghanaian Times after a stakeholders meeting on fire prevention, the Central Regional Commander of the Ghana National Fire Service, Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Semekor Kwaku Fiadzo, said that the increasing fire outbreaks should be of concern to all.

The meeting briefed the participants of the existence of LI 1724 which empowers the GNFS to issue fire certificate to public and private institutions, and entertainment centres, among others after inspection of such premises.

ACFO Fiadzo gave a breakdown of the outbreaks, as follows: domestic fires, 45, bush and refuse fires, 70, one each of industrial fire, commercial fire and institutional fire, and six electrical, vehicular and gas leakage fires.

The Central Region recorded 410 fire outbreaks in 2014, compared with the 497 in 2013 while 2012, 2011 and 2010 had 499, 317 and 248 respectively.

He said most of these fires could be prevented, if people adhered to safety standards as taught by the Service during its numerous educational programmes in the country.

ACFO Fiadzo, urged residents to be fire safety conscious.

He urged all institutions to regularise their fire certificates within two months, in accordance with the law, and warned that the GNFS would close down any institution which does not comply with the directive.

He noted that institutions, including hostels which are not fire safe are threats to the people who patronise them. ACFO Fiadzo further said that a task force has been formed to visit and inspect all facilities to ensure that their owners adhere to the required standards .

He said the task force would inspect and seize fire extinguishers which do not meet the specified standards, adding that the regional office of the GNFS would soon carry out a risk assessment audit in all government institutions and national assets, in line with the directive of the President and the Chief Fire Officer.

He expressed the resolve of the GNFS to intensify its public education and training of institutions and individuals in the country, stressing “We need to protect our property, investments and lives which cannot be replaced, by offering you our expertise, advice and directives, to ensure that each and everyone is happy in the work environment and homes”.

From David O.Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast

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