‘Let’s tackle fire outbreaks together’ — Fire Officer

The Director of Safety, Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) Michael Yarqwah has stressed the need for stakeholder collaboration to address fire outbreaks in the country.

According to him, fire cannot be prevented without the involvement of all stakeholders.

He stated this in an interview with The Ghanaian Times in Accra, yesterday.

Mr Yarkwah said the Service is determined to ensure fire safety and save property and precious lives from fire.

He disclosed that as part of the efforts to ensure fire safety in the country, the Service has embarked on vigorous campaigns in markets and will soon go to the schools .

“We have also sent the campaign to areas such as La, Osu, Adenta, Malata market and Kaneshie to inculcate in them the best practices of fire prevention,” he stressed.

DCFO Yarqwah called on the public to make fire safety their priority and disclossed that damage caused by fire as at February this year, amounted to GH¢ 1,626,414.00.

Three people died in 464 fire outbreaks, the same period.

Mr Yarqwah gave the breakdown as: domestic fires 142, Industrial, 12, Vehicular, 37, Institutional, 10, Electrical, 27, Commercial, 34, Bush fires, 135 and others 67.

He called on the public to engage certified electricians to undertake all their wiring and installations.

“The public should also desist from purchasing inferior electrical gadgets since they are recipes of fire, he advised.

By Anita Nyarko

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