AS part of efforts to respond to emergencies on the roads during the Yuletide, the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) yesterday inaugurated Rescue teams in Accra.
The teams, which would work for 24 hours, would be positioned on the Tema Motorway, Achimota, Nsawam, Amasaman, Accra Central and Weija roads
The Director of Finance and Administration of the GNFS, Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) Mr Wynni Azomyann, who inaugurated the team, stressed the need for the teams to be proactive in attending to emergency situations.
He said the teams have been adequately trained and equipped to tackle issues during emergencies.
DCFO Azomyann urged the public to take fire safety issues seriously, saying “Immediately there is fire, call the 192 and do not wait till fires get out of hand before you contact the fire service to assist”.
The Greater Accra Regional Fire Commander, Assistant Chief Fire Officer(ACFO) Ebenezer Simpson, said the service performs a number of functions which include rescue and evacuation services to those trapped by fire and other situations.
He said in recent times, a number of cases of building collapse had been recorded in the region.
ACFO Simpson stated that its on record that figures of emergencies increased and called for contingency plan to address unfortunate situations.
He said the region was putting in place an operation road traffic collision as well as search and rescue squads in five locations to respond to such emergencies.
“The rescue squads have acquired the required training and skills to handle such emergency situations effectively. They are resourced with the appropriate fire appliances and equipment to use,” he added
As part of the occasion stimulation exercises were conducted by the teams.
By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi