WESTERN REGION GETS MORE FIRE STATIONS

Two New Fire Stations have been commissioned in the Western Region to bring fire and rescue services closer to the people. The two Fire Stations located at Elembele and Ampain Districts, form part of the expansion policy off the Fire Service to ensure that all Districts in the country are provided with Fire Stations in order to improve the emergency response time of the Service during emergencies to ensure effective and efficient operations. Speaking at the Elembele Commissioning, the Regional Minister Hon. Paul Evans Aidoo thanked the District Assembly and the Member of Parliament Hon. Kofi Buah for their initiative and assistance. He admonished the Fire Officers to take a very good care of the Office facility and the Fire Engine in order to yield maximum benefit to the people. On his part, the Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah noted that the provision of the two fire stations was part of Government’s effort to provide critical infrastructure for the citizenry and promised more of such projects in the area. The Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie intimated that, the Western Region has become one of the high risk Regions due to the Oil and Gas activities in the area as well as the establishment of the Atuabo Gas processing plant which has not only attracted various investors to the Region, but has also resulted in the increase in Commercial and Residential structures in the Region which in effect has exposed the communities in and around the Region to various hazards. He stressed that, a well equipped fire station does not necessarily prevent fires and therefore, called on the public to ensure that they offer the needed assistance to the Fire Service personnel to ensure their effectiveness. The Chief Fire Officer also lamented on how developers and the citizenry are barricading themselves with burglary proof in their homes with the intention of securing themselves from armed robbery activities to the detriment of personal safety. He made particular reference to the recent fire outbreaks in the Ashanti Region which claimed some lives as a result of unavailability of emergency exits. Dr Gaisie jointly commissioned the Stations with Hon. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, the Chief executive of Ghana Gas Dr. George Sipa Yankey, the Regional minister Paul Evans Aidoo, and the Paramount Chief of East Nzema Traditional Area, Awulae Amihere Kpanyinli III. Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie admonished the Command and personnel of the New Fire Stations to exhibit the highest level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties. He stressed that any personnel who negligently causes harm to a Fire Engine and for that matter any Service property shall be surcharged to recover the cost. He thanked the Chiefs and People in the Region for their support to the Service over the years and called for more assistance.