Statistics from the Central Regional Command of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) indicates substantial decline in the number of fire outbreaks recorded in the Region last year, as against 2013.wpid-wpid-GhanaNationalFireServiceGNFSlogo.jpg

There was also a drastic reduction in fire-related deaths, as 20 deaths were recorded compared to 94 in the previous year.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) John Amponsah Tetteh, who made this known to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said, a total of 357 fire outbreaks were recorded last year, as against 499 in the previous year, indicating a decline of 113 cases.
Of the figure, 136 were domestic, 55 were electrical, while 37 were bush fires, with 43 being industrial, institutional and commercial cases.
He further revealed that 65 vehicular fire outbreaks were recorded with 21 incidents of saw dust, petroleum spillage, gas, refuse and false alarm.

He indicated that Agona Swedru recorded the highest number of fire outbreaks in the region, with 47 cases, while Twifo Praso recorded the least with only 3 cases.
ACFO Tetteh attributed the decline in fire outbreaks to the numerous educational campaigns undertaken by the Service, such as to markets by patrol teams, where personnel were deployed to educate the traders and ensure fire safety, as well as protect lives and property.
He gave the assurance that the GNFS would re-double its efforts this year through rigorous educational and awareness creation campaigns, to enlighten the public to be alert on fire safety measures, to further reduce the incidence of fire outbreaks in the region.

He mentioned blatant disregard of basic fire safety rules, overloading of electrical sockets, improper and careless usage of LPG Gas, improper handling of hydrocarbons and flammable liquids among others, as the causes of fire outbreaks.
ACFO Tetteh enumerated inadequate water hydrants, unauthorized electrical connections, and inadequate number of fire stations in newly developing communities, as some of the challenges facing the Service, and urged all to support the work of the Service.
He called on individuals, institutions and the general public to form workplace and community fire volunteer groups, for the Service to train them to be able to respond to fire cases on time before the GNFS gets to the scene.

GNA

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