The Mamponghene and Paramount Chief of the Ashanti Mampong Traditional Council, Daasebre Osei Bonsu, has commended the Ghana National Fire Service for the good work the service has and continue to render to the people of Ghana, in the face of limited resources and equipment for the service.
The Mamponghene made these remarks when a delegation of the Command of the Ghana National Fire Service led by the Chief Fire Officer, Dr Albert Brown Gaisie, paid a courtesy call on the Traditional Council at Mampong last Friday.
Nana Osei Bonsu said because of space and competition for land, there is an upsurge in the construction of high rise buildings in the country, especially in Accra and Kumasi, which has brought in its wake complex fires that the GNFS has to contend with. According to the chief, the traditional council was very much aware of the challenges these new developments posed to the service as accessibility to these buildings is difficult because the service has no equipment to reach the height of these new structures.
The paramount chief said, the time has come for the GNFS to be well resourced and that the traditional authorities were aware of efforts to equip the service, but pointed out that this was not enough. The authorities were therefore hoping that government through the Ministry of the Interior, will do what is expected of them in order to well equip the service.
Daasebre Osei Bonsu recounted with horrific shock, the destruction of the former Foreign Affairs building by fire and said such monumental structures should not be allowed to go down in flames just because at the time, the Fire Service had no Turn Table ladder that could effectively deal with the situation.
Daasebre Osei Bonsu made it clear that the House of Chiefs has seen the good works of the Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, and hoped he would be given assistance by his lieutenants to continue to help mother Ghana.
The traditional authorities will continue to support the GNFS with office and residential accommodation as far as our might can stand, but be fair in the distribution of the national cake because the command of the service cannot keep all the resources in Accra, Nana said.
The Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, thanked the Mampong Traditional Council and the National House of Chiefs for the show of appreciation and said it was time to give praise where praise was due and that this, coming from Nananom, will spur him on to do more.
Dr. Gaisie was not happy that in an effort for people to secure themselves from robbers, they end up barricading and trapping themselves to death in their own homes. He called on the traditional authorities to facilitate a stakeholder consultative meeting to look at alternative ways of building construction as his observation, especially in the Mampong township, was that people have barricaded themselves in their homes, which was a potential threat to their safety. Dr. Gaisie added that when the thief enters the premises he picks what was important to him, but fire does not discriminate as it sweeps everything on sight including humans. He therefore called on people to be more cautious about their safety.
The Chief Fire Officer acknowledged the efforts of some chiefs to help the Fire Service and made particular mention of the Tepahene, Edwirahene, and the Duayaw Nkwantahene who have all donated parcels of land to the GNFS. The CFO indicated that the Edwira land would be used for the contruction of a Fire Service Command College, the Tepa land for Fire Volunteers School, and the Duayaw Nkwanta land for Fire Service Trraining School for the Northern Sector of the country.
Dr. Gaisie on behalf of the Fire Service Council, command, and officers and men of the service, donated one thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC 1,000.00) each to the bereaved families of the the Mampong and Santase fire victims.