Accra, Nov. 20, 2015 GNA – The National Insurance Commission (NIC), has donated items worth GH₵ 203,000.00 to the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to beef-up the resources of the service. The items would aid the fire task force in their field of work to protect and save more lives and properties and the2015/2016 anti -bush fire campaign. The items include 800 overalls, 40 boxes of crocodile machetes, 493 Wellington boots and some educative car stickers. The others are GH ₵100,000.00 to enable the GNFS to fuel its vehicles to ensure they meet the challenges that would be presented by the Christmas season. An amount of GH₵ 4,500.00 for educative car stickers was also given to sensitise all and sundry about the essence of ensuring their properties against unintended fires. Presenting the items, Miss Lydia Lariba Bawa, Commissioner of the NIC, said the GNFS is one of their major stakeholders and if they are not able to combat and prevent fire it would affect the insurance companies and the nation as a whole. She said the donation was to assist the GNFS's 2015/2016 anti-bush fire campaign for which they volunteered to buy the items to help as the Christmas season is fast approaching so that as soon as the personnel are called they would move. She added that the law on the insurance of property must be enforced by the police so that both the public and private organisations and citizens would comply. Miss Bawa called for collaboration of all citizens and corporate bodies to emulate the gesture shown by the NIC to ensure a strong efficient and effective GNFS. She said the objective is to do more in the gallant manner in which they have worked to prevent the occurrence of several fires and save lives and properties in the event of fire outbreaks. “As part of our corporate social responsibility the NIC saw the need to donate items and monies to the service since they have been one of their major stakeholders for the past two years”, she noted. Miss Bawa congratulated the Chief Fire Officer for the good work they have been doing by saving lives and properties at the peril of their own lives. Dr Albert Brown Gaisie, the Chief Fire Officer, expressed gratitude to the NIC for the valuable support in the 2015/2016 anti-bush fire campaign, saying it is worth recognising the fact that from January till now the GNFS has recorded close to 478 vehicular fires. He said the NIC donation towards the launch of the 2015/2016 anti-bush fire campaign, although a corporate responsibility it is quite considerable to recognize the fact that environmental degradation, ecological defects, climatic change causes destruction to the biodiversity as a result of the fact that there has been considerable damage to the environment has being recognized. “We have already made several appeals to corporate institutions to assist us as far as the activities of the fire volunteers in this country seem to be concerned but unfortunately there has not been any remarkable response,” he noted. He emphasised the need that the industrial insurance commission also recognises the need to contribute to the social economic development of this country. The Chief Fire Officer indicated the need to focus on the fact that “we must collaborate and intensify education to reduce the incidence of vehicular fires, industrial fires and all other undesirable fires in the country”. GNA