Ghana — The Management of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) says it is poised to enforce the fire precaution by-laws to minimise rampant fire outbreaks.
Mr Albert Brown Gaisie, Acting Chief Officer, noted that most Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies did not enforce the by-laws when it came to bush fires.
Mr Gaisie made the statement at a press soiree organised by the GNFS in Accra.
He said most fire outbreaks destroyed the economic activities and livelihoods of the people thus making life difficult for them.
He observed that the majority of fire outbreaks that occurred in the country last year were the result of negligence and carelessness on the part of the public.
“Most fire outbreaks in the country would have been avoided if the general public were to have taken precautionary measures,” he added.
Mr Brown Gaisie announced that government had provided the GNFS with new logistics to enhance in its day-to-day operations.
He said the Service was collaborating with utility companies to strategise and fight fire outbreaks.
The Acting Chief Fire Officer said management would start an inspection tour of media houses to see how best they had equipped their offices with fire extinguishers.
Mr Gaisie complained about false alarms given by the general public on fire outbreaks, saying this attitude was a major source of worry to firemen.
He urged corporate institutions and organisations to acquire fire precaution certificates, adding that some people were falsifying the certificates and soon investigations would commence to flush them out.
Mr Gaisie appealed for cooperation from the general public and asked them to purchase fire extinguishers to help protect their properties.
He commended the Ghanaian media for their role in sensitizing the public on the dangers of fire outbreaks in the country and appealed to them to continue with the awareness creation on the consequences of bush fires during the harmattan.