Stop attacking fire personnel

The public has been advised not to attack fire personnel or vandalise their equipment in anger during fire outbreaks.

Assistant Fire Officer Kinsley Yeboah of the Winneba District Fire Command, who made the appeal, said it was unreasonable for people to blame fire officers who were rather committed to preventing the woes caused by fire outbreaks even at the peril of their lives, though the fires had been caused by the negligence of others, or were pure accidents.

It was also a criminal offence, they said, to destroy fire tenders and other fire-fighting equipment, and advised people to immediately call the Fire Service when they discover fire outbreaks instead of waiting till managing them get out of their control before seeking professional help.

They made the appeal after their officers and their equipment came under attack when they went to Effutu Ansaful to extinguish fire that had gutted a wooden structure occupied by a widow with her four children.

The victim, Madam Esther Oweradua, was reportedly cooking in the structure when one of her children caused a fire which burnt the whole structure, together with their personal belongings.

The fire officers explained that on that day, the team had earlier handled a bush fire at the University of Education Winneba, and was on its way to tackle another at Gomoa Bewadize, when it received a call from the district office at Winneba about the Effutu Ansaful fire.

But in their efforts to bring the fire under total control, some youths in the area attacked them and vandalised the fire tender without any reason, they said.


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