GNFS LAUNCHES 2015 FIRE SAFETY WEEK

Over the years, fire out breaks have caused a lot of damage to individuals , corporate institutions and the society as a whole resulting in the loss of property running into several millions of Cedis and more importantly, precious human lives. The occurrences of these fires cut across all sectors of the Ghanaian economy. In the year 2014, the Ghana National Fire Service recorded Four Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twelve fire outbreaks with domestic fires recording Two Thousand and Forty Seven (2,047), the highest among all categories. The Service finds these statistics unacceptable hence the need to embark on extensive fire safety awareness creation. To heighten the role of the individual, corporate organizations and the general public in fire prevention and safety, the Ghana National Fire Service organized the 2015 Fire Safety Week celebration under the theme “ENSURING FIRE SAFETY FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT”. The week-long celebration was launched on Monday 27th April by the Minister of Interior, Honorable Mark Owen Woyongo. In his address, the Minister observed that fire outbreaks have become an annual ritual which has a negative socio-economic effect on the country which ultimately retards the country’s development. He charged the Fire Service to intensify its efforts in sensitizing the public on the need to ensure a fire free society. He also called on the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies and other stakeholders to support the efforts of the Service in this regard. The Minister pledged Government’s support in ensuring the safety and well -being of all and sundry. The Chief Fire Officer, Dr, Albert Brown Gaisie, in his welcome address, stated the rationale behind making the fire safety week an annual affair. He expressed worry about the number of fire occurrences recorded in recent times with particular reference to markets, industrial, and domestic fires. He re-echoed the far reaching negative effects of fire outbreaks on our society. He therefore, called for a collaborative effort of all stakeholders in dealing with fire outbreaks to ensure that the menace is brought to its barest minimum. BY GNFS P.R.O.

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