Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO), John Amponsah Tetteh, Central Regional Fire Commander, who disclosed this, said as of Tuesday, January 13, the cases comprised 28 bush fires, 14 domestic cases with the rest being gas and refuse cases.
He made these known when the Command embarked on a fire safety drive at the Siwdu Kokompe and the Kotokoraba market to sensitize the public on the occurrence of fire outbreaks during this Harmattan season in Cape Coast.
This formed part of the programmes the GNFS is putting in place to prevent the frequent occurrence of fire outbreaks that was often associated with the season.
ACFO Tetteh noted that the general practices of the mechanics at the Siwdu Kokompe and traders at the Kotokoraba market were not the best and called on the general public to practice good housekeeping to ensure their safety.
He also called on individuals, institutions and the general public to form workplace and community fire volunteer groups for the Service to train them to be able to respond to fire cases on time before the GNFS gets to the scene.
He cautioned the traders at the Kotokoraba market to desist from illegal connection of electricity to the market and the using of coal pot in the market, which he said had been the major causes of market fire outbreaks in the country.
He said the GNFS had instituted Fire Safety Response Department to ensure rapid response to fire outbreak cases and advised the public not to hesitate to call the Fire Service whenever there was fire outbreak.
ACFO Tetteh advised households not to use electrical gadgets that required more power on one socket or leave their gadgets on when there were no one in the house, adding that it could lead to fire outbreak.
Assistant Divisional Officer II, DCO II Abdul Wasiu Hudu, Public Relation Officer of the Central Regional Fire Service, expressed worry about the congestion at the temporal Kotokoraba market structure due to the mounting of unauthorized structures and illegal electricity connections in the market.