Ghana: UWR Fire Service steps up campaign against accidental fires

Wa — The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in the Upper West Region of Ghana has intensified its campaigns against accidental fires in the region.

The department estimates that the combination of education and increased activity by volunteer firefighters in the various districts has led to a drastic reduction in fires in the region in the first four months of the year.

The department recorded a total of 97 accidental fires during the period compared to 132 recorded for the same period (January to April) last year.

Bushfire incidents, which are one of the worrying trends in the region, have also decreased from 26 last year to 20 this year.

In an interview with the Ghanaian Times in Wa on Friday, GNFS Regional Commander, Assistant Fire Chief (ACFO), Abraham Nii Dodoo attributed the success to the scaling up of rural fire education in the various communities. .

He explained that with the help of the volunteer firefighters, the service had been able to reach a number of farmers and community members with fire safety training on making fire belts around their farms, as well as measures to be taken to prevent bush fires. .

“We have mandated more than 300 volunteer firefighters in Daffiama-Bussie-Issa and Wa West districts as well as Nandom municipality to complement the efforts of other volunteers existing in other parts of the region,” he said. -he declares.

He explained that the fire volunteers were helped by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with logistics, while the GNFS gave them job training to help them carry out their duties in the communities to help prevent disasters. accidental fires.

“We’ve also trained security and market guards to make sure they help with fire prevention and control so what they do is they make sure all the bulbs have been extinguished and that the flammables have been extinguished before people close and they also patrol the market to make sure there is no suspicious fire or smoke around,” he said.

He said the GNFS was working with security officers in the various institutions to ensure fire safety, as many of them stayed after hours, and said they were in the best position to check whether all electrical gadgets had been turned off and if there were any. imminent danger.

He was however concerned about the incidents of house fires and said that although education had been done in this regard; people still did not pay attention to fire safety at home and called on residents to be careful to prevent accidental fires at home.

The commander called for more logistics for the service to enable it to expand its outreach and education program across the region to reach more people with fire safety education to sustain the gain.

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