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31 March 2016

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Ashanti Region Tops in Fire Outbreaks

Statistics from the Ghana National Fire Service have revealed that the Ashanti Region in general, and the Kumasi Metropolis in particular, recorded more fire outbreaks in the first quarter, from January to March this year, as compared to other regions in the country.

According to the report, during the first three months, the Ashanti Region recorded about 585 fire outbreaks, which situation has been described as very disturbing. The report recorded 85 domestic fires, 34 bush fires, 46 institutional, 33 vehicles, 21 industrial, 16 road transport traffic collisions and 77 commercials.

The disclosure followed an official working visit by the Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, to the region. The Chief Fire Officer, accompanied by Mr. Semekor Fiadzo, Regional Fire Officer, paid a courtesy call on Mr. Alexander Ackon and Kojo Bonsu, the Ashanti Regional Minister and Mayor of Kumasi respectively.

The fire officers also visited the Nkawie and Tepa fire stations to familiarise with the personnel to enable them have firsthand information about their challenges and the way forward, to prevent increasing outbreaks.

Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie commended the Minister and Mayor for their efforts in collaborating with the Regional Fire Service to ensure that they put pragmatic measures in place to enhance fire prevention and reduction.

The Chief Fire Officer hinted that the government and Ministry for the Interior have proposed the construction of the first Fire Staff College in Africa at Ejura. Meanwhile, Nana Adusei Ahwenewaa Ampem, Tepamanhene, has promised to release 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.

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