Metropolitan, Municipal and District Fire Officers have been directed to conduct fire safety audit in all offices of the Electoral Commission (EC) within their jurisdictions to ensure that they have adequate fire safety equipment ahead of the general elections.
They are also to undertake similar exercises in all offices of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), government and stakeholder institutions which have roles to play in the upcoming elections.
The Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, who gave the directive last Friday, asked that reports on the directive be submitted to him by end of September.
In an interview with The Ghanaian Times yesterday, he said the move was part of the Service’s contingency plan to deal with any fire outbreak during the period.
“When it turns out that the institutions lack the requisite facilities, we would quickly provide or install them, he said, adding that it would ensure the institutions readiness to deal with any eventualities that might occur especially during the electioneering season.
Dr. Brown Gaisie said as a member of the National Elections Security Task Force, the Fire Service would do everything possible to ensure that nobody or institution was taken aback.
He said there was currently a standby team with a fire tender at the Electoral Commission Head office building in Accra, adding that there were plans to do same in the various regional EC offices.
Besides, the Chief Fire Officer said the GNFS was collaborating with the Electoral Commission to organise capacity training workshop for all polling agents on fire safety issues, and how to respond to fires.
The fire personnel would also embark on public patrols as part of its public education drive to ensure safety both at homes and during the general elections.
Touching on road blocks for social functions, Dr. Brown-Gaisie said, the Service together with the police and the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, would not tolerate such situations and would make the roads clear devoid of any impediment.
On domestic fires, he said, reports indicated that it had reduced drastically and urged the public to ensure safety at all times.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour