The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) is investigating reports that some companies allegedly burn their property to receive claims from insurance companies.
The Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown-Gaisie, warned that any company found culpable would be dealt with in accordance with the law, to serve as a deterrent to others.
“We have learnt that some companies think they are due to claim their insurance, but this can happen if only a disaster occurs, so they intentionally set their companies ablaze to claim the insurance, but this should not be so,” he said.
Dr. Brown-Gaisie said this at the opening of an eight-week training course for 150 Station and Group Officers from the regions, at the Fire Academy and Training School, in Accra yesterday.
The course is designed to equip the officers with the requisite skills and expertise, by building on their capacities to enable them to work effectively and demonstrate a high sense of discipline at all times.
Dr. Brown-Gaisie advised the public to desist from stoning Fire Officers during emergencies, saying, “the public often accuses Fire Officers of not reporting on time during emergencies and they end up throwing stones at them.”
Citing the recent fire outbreak at the Ashfoam warehouse, he said the officers got to the scene, but were not able to come out of the fire tender to quench the fire because they were met by an unruly crowd which pelted them with stones.
He advised the participants to take the course seriously to help upgrade their skills to improve upon their operational efficiency.
The Commandant of the Academy, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Ebenezer Simpson, said the officers would go through GNFS legislation, public speaking, financial management, and fire safety among others.
He was optimistic that the course would help the officers to build their confidence and communication skills to address any audience, and also handle confidential official information.
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong