The Komenda and Elmina Fire Stations in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipality have received a fire tender each from the government.fire tenders

Mr. Isaac Sam, KEEA Municipal Chief Executive, spoke at a commissioning ceremony in Elmina on Wednesday and urged the GNFS to maintain the vehicles to ensure they were always in excellent condition to serve the municipality.

?Government will not entertain misuse and mishandling of these vehicles?. reciprocate the gesture by being responsible at all times?, he said.

He urged the Service to compliment government?s efforts by ensuring that the citizenry were educated on prevention and management of undesired fires and called on the public to support the Service.

Mr. Sam said the construction of a new office for the Elmina Fire Station would be awarded on contract soon and would be completed by the end of the year.

He said the assembly would make efforts to put the dilapidated building of the Elmina Station in a good state to house the personnel and equipment till the new fire station was built.

The Elmina District Commander of GNFS, Assistant Divisional Officer I (ADOI) Samuel Kwame Arthur, said a fire tender donated by Gouda of Netherlands was out of commission since June last year.

He said with the revival of the sugar factory the Komenda Station, which was established to provide fire safety needs of the sugar factory at that time, needed urgent rehabilitation

He said between January and July 2014 when its fire tender was put out of commission, the Station recorded 10 bush fires, five vehicular fires, seven road accidents, one domestic fire, three electrical fires, one sawdust fire, six fire injuries and 21 accident injuries.

The figure, he said, was higher than recorded around the same period in 2013, showing that safety education and inspection of public places must be stepped up.

He said most of the fires were avoidable and occurred through human errors such as cooking activities, bad electrical installation and usage and therefore appealed to the general public to practice fire safety in their homes to prevent avoidable fire.

ADOI Arthur also appealed to traders in the major markets to discontinue the habit of displaying their wares along access roads to the markets to enable the fire tenders move freely in case of fire outbreaks.

He expressed gratitude on behalf of both stations to the Government for fulfilling its promise and called for a close relationship with stakeholders to reduce the menace of fire outbreaks in the municipality.

GNA

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