CHIEF FIRE OFFICER PAYS COURTESY CALL ON OTUMFOUR

The Chief fire officer Dr Albert Brown Gaisie has paid a courtesy call on the overload of Asanteman, OtumfuorOsei TutuII at Manhyia Palace. He paid the visit during his just concluded one week official working tour of the Ashanti Region. Accompanied by the Ashanti Regional Fire Commander Assistant Chief Fire Officer Robert Fiadzo, the CFO acquainted himself with the fire situations in the region.The visit was also intended to assess in practical terms the operational preparedness of the fire personnel. The visit was also aimed to apprise the CFO with the level or degree of contingency plans drawn to prevent and manage emergencies in the Region.The Chief fire officer earlier in the day paid a courtesy call on Mr Alexander John Ackon the Ashanti Regional minister and the Mayor of Kumasi MrKojoBonsu. The Chief fire officer commended the OtumfourOsei tutu for his massive support for the Fire service especially the officers of Mannhyia fire station. He used the visit to explain to the Otumfour his visit and meeting with the engineer on site at Kejetia where construction of Market complex is under way. He spoke of his assessment on the plan and recommendations which borded on adequacy of exits, provision of sources of water for fire fighting, a Fire post among others. Hehinted thathe had directed the architect and project manager Carlos Gala on site to make available the architectural drawing and electrical engineering drawing for detail assessment by the fire service. He also promised to send a team of fire safety officers back to Kumasi to assess the site and recommend general safety measures. DrGaisie also informed the Ashantihene of his visit to Nkawie, Mampong and Tepa fire stations where he held durbar with the personnel to enable them have first hand information about their challenges and the way forward to prevent increasing fire outbreaks.He added that the Tepamanhene Nana EduseiAhwenewaaAmpem has located 20 hectares of land to the fire service for the construction of a Volunteer Training Institute to train volunteers to enable them educate the public on fire prevention. The Chief fire Officer also hinted the Otumfuour that the government and the Ministry of Interior have proposed the construction of the first Fire Command and Staff College in Africa at Ejura where he has cut sod for the construction of a Ten Bedroom Residential Accommodation and a Fire Station for the personnel. The AshantiheneOtumfourOsei tutu on his part commended the Chief fire officer for his role in ensuring public safety. Accidentally the two of them happened to know each other years back when the Chief fire officer was the Regional Commander of the Region. He praised the Chief fire officer for keeping to the advice he gave him those years that had brought him this far. The Ashantihene commended the Fire service for improvement on their respond time and effectiveness and efficiency with which they handle situations of late. He narrated a personal experience when they were at a council meeting and there was explosion. he said all the Chiefs run for their dear lives leaving him alone. He added that there is the need for all traditional Chiefs should be taken through general fire training. The Chief fire Officer donated fire extinguishers and smoke detectors to be installed in the Palace to serve as a first Aid fire fighting appliance. He also promised that the Palace would receive safety audit every six months. Those on the Chief fire officers entourage were the director Finance and Admin Deputy Chief Fire Officer WinnieAzumnyan, ACFO Ashong director Logistics, deputy director Accounts DO II OdarteyLampteydeputy accounts and deputy Public Relations Officer DOIII Prince Billy Anaglate.