As part of efforts to reduce the incidence of fire outbreaks in the country, the Accra Metro Division of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), yesterday carried out inspections at the James Town fishing harbour, to ensure strict compliance to fire safety regulations.
The GNFS also held sensitisation forums and initiated fire fighting models for operators and residents, to help in the protection of lives and properties in the event of fire outbreaks.
The inspections formed part of the “Fire Safety Visibility in the Coastal Communities Programme’ launched by the service last week to promote fire safety at coastal communities of the metropolis.
Speaking to The Ghanaian Times in an interview, Divisional Officer (DO) 1 Lilly Ashong-Robertson, Metro Fire Commander at the Accra City Fire Station, said the checks and inspections were necessary to ascertain whether fire prevention measures were being adhered to to prevent fire outbreaks.
She explained that the current humid condition required that fuel and fire and other agents of fire were appropriately handled to prevent the occurrence of fire outbreaks.
(DO) 1 Ashong-Robertson advised leaders of the fisher folks to ensure that fires set for the smoking of fish and cooking, were extinguished immediately after use.
She said the event followed similar inspections carried out at Osu, Labadi, Bukom, Chokor and Chemu, all in the Greater Accra Region, to ensure fisher folks at the coastal areas become fire-safety conscious.
To ensure a successful programme, DO 1 Ashong-Robertson said that fire personnel would be stationed at the various locations, to enforce the compliance of fire safety regulations, and offer quick responses to threats of outbreaks.
Nii Kai Okaishie III, Chief Fisherman of James Town, expressed his people’s gratitude to the GNFS, and pledged to support their efforts to prevent fire outbreaks in the country.
By Claude Nyarko Adams