Fuel Station Managers Train In Fire Safety

A day’s sensitisation workshop on fire safety and management has been orga-nised for fuel station managers and pump attendants in the Upper West Region, to build their capacity in prevention and management of fuel station fires.

The workshop, organised by the Regional Command of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), was also to enlighten participants on the statutory role of the service, as well as help them to respond to fire outbreaks at the initial stages.

About 40 participants made up of 15 station managers and 25 pump attendants across the region, attended the workshop.

Opening it, the Regional GNFS Commander Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Kwaku Menu Afful, said recent developments in the region had prompted the service to intensify its sensitisation and public education on fire outbreaks.

He said to forestall any occurrence of fire outbreaks at the filling stations, the service considered it wise to engage both managers and pump attendants in fire prevention and management pro-grammes in order to protect their property and investments.

He noted that there had been two fuel, related fire outbreaks in the region recently, adding that “in all, property running into several millions of cedis were destroyed.”

He said the service would intensify its education of the general public on the effects of fire outbreaks and the need to undertake safety measures to avoid its occurrence.

Mr. Afful cautioned the public against keeping fuel, especially petrol, in their bedrooms since it could exacerbate the situation in the event of a fire spark in the room

The Regional Public Relations Officer of the service, Assistant Divisional Officer Martin Bakobie, said a total of 100 fire outbreaks were recorded in the first half of the year.

Of them, he said of 39 were domestic, 12 bushfires, eight vehicular, six industrial, 11 commercial, five institutional and 19 accidental.

He said the destruction in monetary terms amounted to GH¢265,114 which could have been avoided with a little care and caution.

He said the workshop was necessary because if people had been given training on fire safety management, most of those incidents would have been avoided.

“Thus it is very important for us to prepare for fire outbreak whether at the work place, home or elsewhere,” he said.

Mr. Bakobie said the workshop would help participants to better understand the statutory role of the GNFS as enshrined in Act 537 of 1997 and also equip them with greater knowledge and awareness of the threat of fire within fuel stations. From Cliff Ekuful, Wa

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