The Chief Fire Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, has called for a joint contingency simulation plan by the GNFS and mining companies in the country to effectively respond to emergencies.
He said stakeholders’ involvement, especially, those in communities where mining companies operate, should be empowered to better respond to emergencies, to safeguard lives and property.
Dr. Gaisie, who was speaking at a meeting with the management of Newmont Ahafo Mines at Keyansi in the Brong- Ahafo, as part of a working visit to the area, said the time had come for Ghanaians to participate in “security response management”.
Dr. Gaisie said “looking at the sensitive nature of the mining environment, there is the need for routine simulation training to prepare workers in mining areas to be able to deal with emergencies”.
That, he said would ensure that the livelihoods of people and companies were protected from destruction.
The Assistant Chief Fire Officer in-charge of Logistics, the Reverend Edward Kweku Ashon, bemoaned operational bureaucracies in the operations of mining companies, which often affected effective management of accidents.
The Acting General Manager of Newmont Ahafo Mines, Joshua Moti, said the security of workers was topmost priority of the company, announcing that for the past 10 years, the company had not recorded any major accident leading to the death of workers.
He said the company had recorded one accident in which a security personnel got drowned in its dam.
In a related development, the Chief Fire Officer and his team inspected an ongoing project on a fire station, being executed at the cost of $100,000 by Newmont for the GNFS.
From Daniel Dzirasah,Kenyansi