GNFS to shut down unsafe fuel outlets

ACFO Fanny Simpson(inset)addressing the participants.Photo;Mercy Amparbeng

ACFO Fanny Simpson(inset)addressing the participants.Photo;Mercy Amparbeng

The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has stated that it will close down all petroleum filling stations that do not ensure safe fire practices or have fire certificates.

This follows the frequent explosions leading to fire outbreaks at some filling stations in the country with the latest occurring in Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region.

The Central Regional Commander of the GNFS, Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO), Fanny Simpson, who gave the warning at a one day fire safety management seminar for fuel and gas filling station managers and attendants, organised by the GNFS.

The programme, held on the theme, “Sustaining the awareness of hazards of fuel and gas fires and stressing of compliance to fire safety practices at filling stations” aimed at sensitising petroleum station managers and attendants on managing fire situations, and also limit or eliminate fire outbreaks at the various stations.

ACFO Simpson further indicated that, her outfit would embark on an unannounced visit to all petroleum filling stations in the region.

“I urge you all to take fire safety seriously wherever you find yourself. Look out for fire certificates or fire safety measures wherever you go and if you don’t find them, leave immediately,” she advised.

She tasked participants to carry the message of fire safety to their colleagues who were not present at the event.

 

Fuel and gas operators, she added, must endeavour to take serious the necessary fire safety measures to prevent fire outbreaks in their stations.

Speaking at the event, the Gomoa East District Fire Commander, District Officer II (DOII), Joseph Tetteh Freeman reiterated that, there would be periodic visit by his outfit to all stations within the Awutu Senya Municipality, Awutu Senya West District and the Gomoa East District to ensure that fire safety routine practices were adhered to.

Touching on the importance of the seminar, he stated that, it was very necessary for participants to comply with the safety fire practices at their respective business places to prevent fire outbreaks and protect lives and property.

By Raissa Sambou

 

 

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