GNIFS records decline in fire outbreaks
In order to debate strategies to enhance fire control in the nation, the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) is hosting its first Fire Conference in Accra.
The purpose of the three-day conference is to exchange ideas on how to deal with problems related to disaster planning, rescue efforts, and emergency response.
The Ghana Water Company Limited, the Ghana Electricity Company, the Forestry Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency are among the participants in the conference that has brought together key players in the fire safety management sector.
The focus of it is “improving efficient fire management for national growth.”
Rapid Intervention Vehicles
Ambrose Dery, the interior minister, opened the conference yesterday and stated that the government was moving forward with the purchase of rapid intervention vehicles (RIVs) to aid the GNFS in navigating traffic and making timely arrivals at emergency scenes.
According to him, the GNFS has received one of the 300 RIVs as part of a pilot program to reduce reaction times from the current nine minutes to five minutes.
Between January and October 31 of this year, 5,155 fire outbreaks were reported nationwide, according to Chief Fire Officer Julius A. Kuunuor.
He said that of the total, house fires accounted for the majority (1,961 outbreaks), followed by bush fires (737 outbreaks), and electrical fires (418 outbreaks).
The fewest fires occurred in the commercial and industrial sectors: 203 and 14, respectively.
According to Mr. Kuunuor, 366 fire incidents were reported nationwide in October of this year, down from 1,090 incidents in just January.
He claimed that the harsh weather conditions observed during the harmattan era were the cause of the high rate of fire outbreaks in January.
The Chief Fire Officer added that extensive fire safety education, market patrols, bush fire prevention education, and significant installations around the country were responsible for the decrease in fire outbreaks from January.
Despite improvements in fire management across the nation, Mr. Kuunuor claimed that greater outcomes required collaboration between specialists and stakeholders.
As he presided over the opening, Joseph Siaw Agyapong, the chief executive officer of the Jospong Group of Companies, expressed his hope that the nation would make the most of its resources and endeavors to ensure the efficient control of fire outbreaks.