GNFS Tax Force

Addressing the media in an ongoing inspection exercise by the Ghana National Fire Service Tax Force in the various financial institutions in the greater Accra Region, DCFO William Yawson, director in charge of safety and the leader of the teamsaid, the GNFS Task Force will go round these institutions to ensure compliance, for they cannot allow these and the various government institutions to be engulfed in fires and lose vital documents when those fires can be prevented.

GNFS Tax Force“Fire Safety, prevention and management is a shared responsibility and everybody needs to show concern in curbing the menace. If our negligence did not start the fire, GNFS will have no fires to extinguish,” he said.

According to CFO William Yawson, today’s exercise was very necessary and it was revealed that, majority of the financial institutions visited did not have enough fire extinguishers and the few that had, did not install them properly or well classified and up-to-date.

The Chief Fire Officer also emphasised on the need for all to be fire safety conscious to save lives and property.

“By law, all these institutions are supposed to acquire Fire certificates, but their inspection revealed that majority of them were not complying. And another important thing realized was that, there were no emergency exit found, neither did they display any emergency fire service numbers, no fire alarms, sprinklers, smoke detectors installed,” CFO William Yawson stressed.

Nonetheless, he said “the Service has given those institutions a period of two weeks to do things right and announced that, the Service would also be having series of stimulation checks, for we must all have the duty to avert the occurrences of fire outbreaks in the country.”

Some of the institutions visited were, Fidelity Bank, Societe Generale Ghana, First Capital Bank and Barclays Bank at Osu. Amongst these Banks, Barclays was given 80% instead of 100% after its inspection, because, they had everything in place but failed to display the fire service emergency numbers on their walls.

By : Sammy adjei/