The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS,) Mr. Elias Rabenson Okoe, has called on other stakeholders to join fight fire cases in the country.
Speaking on an Accra based internet radio Hedjorleonlineradio, he noted that the GNFS can only fight fire accordingly when they have the support of other stakeholder bodies such as the Ghana Water Company and the Electricity Company of Ghana.
Reports last Sunday indicated that sections of the Kantamanto Market in Accra had been destroyed by fire with properties worth millions of Ghana cedis destroyed.
The reports indicated that efforts by officials of the GNFS to put out the fire were being hampered by their inability to gain access into the market due to the poor architectural design of the place and the placement of illegal structures on some streets of the market.
According to the PRO, ?firefighting management is a multi- stakeholder responsibility and we played our part to ensure that our work becomes effective and efficient? he said.
?For instance if there is an illegal connection of electricity in the market it is not the responsibility of the fire service but the work of the electricity company to ensure there is no illegal connection,? he added.
?If it is about hydrant then it is in the responsibility of the water company to ensure that the hydrants are made available for fire fighters to use so that our work become effective?, he explained.
According to him, designing the market is the work of the district, municipal and metropolitan assemblies.
?We expect these organisations to bring their architecture to us so that we can incorporate safety fire measures and by so doing when this structures are put in place we will have all safety measures in place,? he added.
According to him, the lack of proper planning of structures around the market make the fire team encounter some difficulty in fighting fire.
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