Form fire volunteer squads in farming communities

Form fire volunteer squads in farming communities

26 January 2011

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Ghana — A farmer at Kontonho, near Kofiase, in the Asante-Mampong municipality, Opanin Yaw Dente, has appealed to the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to ensure that fire volunteer squads are formed in all farming communities to check wildfires.

He said this has become more necessary given the severity of this year’s harmattan.

Making the appeal through the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Tuesday, Opanin Dente said these volunteers should be equipped with fire fighting skills to respond to fire emergencies.

He said it was also important to intensify anti-wildfire campaigns to educate the people on how to handle naked fires safely.

He said there was the need for people to constantly remind themselves about the devastation caused to the nation’s economy in 1983 through wildfires.

Opanin Dente asked the people to avoid the unorthodox practice of setting fires for game hunting.

The district assemblies should also ensure rigid enforcement of their bye-laws on the environment.

He also called for the rehabilitation of the Mampong-Sekyedumase road to facilitate the transportation of people and foodstuffs to the marketing centres.

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