Fire incidents in the Ashanti Region reduced by thirty – two percent (32%) in the year 2017 down from a 2016 figure of a thousand three hundred and sixty six (1366) to nine hundred and twenty four (924)
The Ashanti regional command of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) under the command of DCFO Semekor Fiadzo set for itself a target to reduce fires in the region by sixty percent (60%) in the beginning of the year 2017.
The command attributes the successes to its intensified public fire education outreaches in homes, schools, religious institutions and commercial driver unions.
Speaking to Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote – Fumador, the Public Relations Officer of the Ashanti region Fire command ADO 1 Desmond Ackah recounted that “a lot went into arriving at this figure.”
“We intensified our dawn broadcasting on fire education between 4 and 5:30 in the morning when most people are at home and their minds are fresh to assimilate our gospel according to fire safety.”
“We also intensified the church education and the mosques and other religious retreat centres were not also left out. We also succeeded in training fire safety ambassadors and school fire cadets to be of help to their parents and guardians and that also did the trick for us”
A.D.O. Desmond Ackah said the service was compelled to step up fire education programmes with transport and driver unions after realizing that vehicle fires were on the ascendancy
The Fire PRO also indicated that residents of the Ashanti Region had shown some positive signs of increased fire alertness and responsibility as out of the “416 fires recorded between October 2017 to February 2018, members of the public were able to deal with a hundred and six” a feat the service believes is a function of their intensive public education on fire safety.
Mr Ackah also told Ultimate News a critical area the fire command deployed resources were the markets where fire officers and a dedicated fire tender were stationed
The training of market fire volunteers and security personnel also contributed immensely to the relatively low incidents of fire recorded last year.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Heathcote-Fumador/Jacqueline King