GNFS worried over false alarms

A student demonstrating her fire safety skills

A student demonstrating her fire safety skills

The Central Regional Commander of the National Fire Service, ACFO Semekor Kwaku Fiadzoe, has expressed concern about the number of false calls and their accompanying insults to fire personnel in the region.

He said most of those who made such calls, often rained insults on the fire personnel, and noted that such behaviours was affecting the enthusiasm of personnel in the region.

ACFO Fiadzoe said this at an open day ceremony held at the Regional Fire Service headquarters for some selected school children drawn from the Cape Coast municipality last Friday.

The ceremony was part of the Fire Service Safety Week celebration during which the public will be educated on fire safety issues in the country.

He indicated that the service records over 30 false calls each day which is detrimental to the effective operations of the service.

He said in an era where the Service had been compelled to maximise its resources, residents should refrain from making such false calls which only resulted in personnel wasting the needed fuel and energy to non-fire locations.

ACFO Fiadzoe appealed to the public to support the Service in its efforts to give the best services as well as fire prevention exercises to the community in times of fire outbreaks.

He said the Service, as part of education programme, would form fire cadets in the senior high schools in the region to educate the students on fire prevention exercises as well as fire fighting skills.

He said the Service, as part of its mandate, would continue with its fire prevention while responding swiftly to calls of fire outbreak in the region and appealed to the public to support it in that regard.

He asked public institutions to ensure that their premises were granted the needed fire safety certificates and warned that the service would deal ruthlessly with any organisation found without a fire safety certificate.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh,
Cape Coast

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