The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), is developing a network, involving the service and hospitality industry in the country, to ensure rapid response to fire emergencies, Chief Fire Officer of the GNFS, Dr. Albert Gaisie, has said.
He explained that such move would enable the GNFS have appropriate information on panel systems, specifically installed at facilities, to be able to swiftly deal with emergency cases.
“In other countries, such facilities are hooked up on a network with the Fire Service, so that as they monitor these panels, in event of something at a particular place, it starts blinking and the Fire Service is alerted to respond,” he said.
Dr. Gaisie announced these at a meeting with members of the Ghana Tourist Authority and the Hoteliers Association of Ghana, in Accra.
They discussed preparedness of operators of the hospitality sector during emergencies, in the wake of security alert in the country, following terrorist attacks on neighbouring countries.
Dr. Brown Gaisie said the GNFS had classified its safety requirements under high, medium and risk levels, to ensure appropriate fire safety audits, equipment mobilisation and distribution.
“Someone who has two or three rooms and a hall operating it as a small guest apartment may not necessarily be exposed to the same risk or hazard as someone operating a three- star hotel,” he stated.
Dr. Brown-Gaisie said the fire prevention unit and taskforce of the GNFS would embark on frequent checks and monitoring of hospitality centres and public places, to assess risk levels and avert possible fire occurrences.
He urged industry players to intensify surveillance of their facilities, and put in place mechanisms to ensure public safety and security.
The Chief Fire Officer urged the operators to establish close relationship with the security agencies, to help protect their lives and investments.
The National President of the Ghana Hoteliers Association, Mr. Herbert Acquaye, urged for regular engagement between members of the association and the GNFS to ensure the protection of lives and property.
He pledged the association’s commitment to comply with fire safety measures to safeguard the security of patrons of their services.
By Abigail Annoh