‘Establish Fire Volunteers squad to help prevent bush fires’

EstablishFire Volunteers squad to help prevent bush fires

1 March 2008

published by http://gbcghana.com

Accra, Ghana — A Wildlife Prevention AwarenessCampaign embarked upon in three fire prone districts of Brong Ahafo has ended atWenchi. It was organized by the Environmentally Concerned Citizens Associationof Ghana ECCAG in collaboration with Resource Management Support Centre, theGhana National Fire Service, Forestry Services Department, NADMO and the GhanaEducation Service.

The President of ECCAG, Joseph Yaw Aidoo told the meeting attended by schoolchildren, chiefs, elders and community fire volunteers, that it is illegal toset fire during the dry season for any purpose. He was thankful to God thatduring a fire outbreak in Dormaa district no human casualty was recorded.

He stressed the need for the establishment of Fire Volunteer Squads in allcommunities, and provided with the required logistics to be able to defend anyfire outbreaks. Mr. Aidoo promised to provide the community with seedlings toprotect the buildings against wind and rainstorms.

The Regional Fire Co-ordinator on Rural Fire, Atta Ameyaw said inspite of theintensive campaign embarked upon to educate the people about the dangers ofbushfire, very little has been achieved. At Wenchi, two people Kwasi Tawiah andAmadu Kramo who allegedly set bushfire were arrested.

The fire destroyed a corn mill, cash, bags of rice, maize and soya beansbelonging to the chief of the town, Nana Yaw Asiedu.

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