Winneba Fire service launches anti-bush fire campaign

Winneba Fire service launches anti-bush fire campaign

19 January 2012

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Uganda — The Winneba Area Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in collaboration with the Forestry Service Department has embarked on anti-bush fire campaign in five districts of the Central Region.

The campaign among others, to educate people on effect of bushfires during dry a season has started in the Effutu, Awutu Senya, Agona East and West and Gomoa East.

Mr Abraham Anakwa, Station Officer who made this known to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the campaign has been completed in Effutu Municipality and Awutu-Senya District.

He said research conducted has revealed that the area is bushfire prone and that most of fires were caused by hunters and herdsmen who are often armed with sophisticated weapons, making it difficult for any body to arrest them.

He appealed to the Ghana Police Service, Assembly Members, chiefs and other opinion leaders in the Awutu Beraku, Kasoa and Gomoa East District to help control the situation.

Mr Anakwa said fire outbreaks recorded in the Effutu Municipal Fire Service Station reduced from 15 in 2010 to 8 in 2011.

He called on the chiefs, assembly members and other stakeholders to be more proactive in the fight against bushfires because of its great havoc to the environment and properties.

Mr Anakwa advised farmers to be careful with the fire they used on their farms and urged them to put off every fire before leaving.

The Station Officer urged farmers to cautious when burning their farms, adding that they should make fire-belt around them.

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