The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is joining forces with the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to curb fire outbreaks in the Metropolis.
At a meeting with the Officials of the GNFS, the Mayor of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, noted that the Security Committee of the Assembly is putting up modalities that will ensure compliance to certain regulations that will help prevent fires.
He indicated that, he will rally support from international organizations for the GNFS to be well equipped to take up the mandate of responding to emergencies.
Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije pledged support for the service and outlined some measures to fight fire in the metropolis.
Since the beginning of this year, sixty fire outbreaks have been recorded in Accra and three lifes have been lost as a result.
He said as chairman of the Metropolitan Security Committe (METSEC), at a meeting held on Wednesday January 21, 2015 at the Assembly and the following measures were reinforced:
He said the Assembly in collaboration with Electricity Company of Ghana will engage contractors to disconnect all illegal electrical connections within markets, all allays and walkways will be cleared of containers and trading activities in order to create easy access into the markets and instructed his personnel to ensure that no person shall sell animals in any markets, unless the place has been designated by AMA for that purpose.
The Mayor also indicated that, the AMA will collaborate with the Ghana Police Service to ensure that all roads blocks without permit are disallowed.
Chief Fire Officer of the Ghana Fire Service, Dr Albert Brown Gaizie has revealed that indiscipline, negligence, lack of access routes coupled with poor traffic management are the banes of fighting fires in the country.
According to the Chief Fire Officer, these activities make it difficult in fighting the outbreak fires in the country.
He said in Accra people disregard the sirens hence the delays in fire officers getting fire scenes late.
Dr Albert Brown Gaizie said it only in Accra that hearse uses sirens are as well as the living in the ambulance.
He said most of the fires occur as a result of carelessness and negligence of the part of peoples the laws are made to protect.
Dr Gaizie mentioned that the Assembly by law has the mandate to ensure that infrastructures are protected.
He said traffic, basic and simple fire safety management in the metropolis has been thrown away as a result of gross indiscipline in the country.
He noted that when the fire safety managers mooted the idea for the Assembly to collaborate with the fire fighters during fire outbreaks.
Dr Albert Brown Gaizie said it is by so doing, that agencies responsible for emergency response would collaborate with the Assembly to ensure safety.
He gave the assurance that the service will compliment the efforts of other agencies to ensure safety.
He appealed to the general public to observe and show some respect to emergency response during the rush hours of the day.
He said the service is determined to weed some miscreants from the service hence the dismissal of some officers who were found to issued fire certificates to companies without them going through the appropriate channel.