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Fire Service to embark on One-District-One-Fire Station

Written by  Oct 18, 2017
The Acting Chief Fire Officer, Ekow Blankson has revealed plans to embark on a One-District-One well equipped Fire Station to augment government's One-District-One-Factory project.   This is to ensure all round safety in the country.   Mr. Blankson, in an address at the opening address of the 11th Conference of Directors and Regional Commanders, of the service on the theme Transformational Leadership for Efficient Service Delivery.     He noted the service does not have adequate Personnel Protective Equipment, but his leadership would ensure strengthening human resource capacity building among other things so they can attain full international standards in the near future.    The three day conference is made possible to brainstorm on how to deal with issues of human resource capacity building, solutions to logistical constraints, safety of firefighters during emergency response. Other areas are improving personnel welfare and improving fire safety standards in the country.   He touched on the 7th October gas explosion at Atomic Junction in Accra that claimed about seven lives leaving more than 132 injured, consoling with victims and at the same time congratulated fire service personnel for the tireless exertion of duty to save the situation from causing further harm.   On behalf of the Interior Minister, Hon. Ambrose Dery, his deputy, Hon. Henry Quartey opened the conference and said government is set to do anything possible to deal with the devastating fire outbreaks and all sort of disaster that suffer the nation in recent times. The minister sounded quite relieved when he revealed that per fire service statistics, Ghana recorded 3,377 fire outbreaks in the last three quarters of the year 2017 as compared to 5,638 cases in the same period in 2016 showing 41% decrease. The cost of damage of fire this year is estimated to an amount of about GHC 26,962,322.23 whilst that of 2016 stood at GHC 90,935,819.40.  The conference is said to end on Friday, 21st October, 2017.   By: Daniel Asuku
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