Dr Albert Brown Gaisie, the Director of Operations, Ghana National Fire Service, has called for continuous stakeholder collaboration and inter-agency harmonization of its operations to help control fire outbreaks.
Dr Gaisie, who is also Deputy Chief Fire Officer, dismissed the suggestion that the Service had rivalry role problems regarding its operations with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Water Company of Ghana.
He said this in an interview with the GNA in Accra at a stakeholders? meeting to harmonize and identify strategies and chart the way forward in addressing the growing phenomenon of fire outbreaks in the country.
Dr Gaisie said the collaboration was necessary because when there was fire outbreak, the Service needed the effort of the Water Company and ECG to effectively control the fire.
He said to respond to emergency fire outbreaks, the Service needed to communicate with ECG to stop the flow of energy and the support the Water Company to quench the fire.
He said the stakeholders agreed on a quarterly meeting to identify operational weaknesses, come out with mechanism to monitor and evaluate their performances and fashion out ways of addressing fire outbreaks.
Dr Gaisie said the meeting also agreed that the stakeholders must improve their communication network in addressing emergency response, in that when there was fire outbreak the service lines for ECG and Water Company should be accessible for effective and timely response to emergency issues.
He said the meeting also identified technical deficiencies in terms of problems causing the meter fires and the need to develop strategies of dealing with these fires.
On water hydrants, Dr Gaisie said the Water Company had zoned Accra into Accra East, Accra West, Accra North and Accra South to function effectively
He said the Service had identified illegal wiring in the market as probable cause of fire outbreaks and appealed to ECG to disconnect all illegal connections.