The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) Tema Regional Command has launched a fire safety campaign with a float in the Tema Metropolis.
The campaign is to intensify public education and raise people’s consciousness of fire safety precautions.
The campaign on the theme: “Safer Environment; Key to Investment,” is also aimed at raising public awareness about the dangers associated with undesired fires and preventive measures to enhance safety in various communities.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer I (ACFOI) Madam Doris Lamptey, the Tema Regional Commander, who launched the campaign said it was to ensure that GNFS got closer to the community while outlining the management of unintended fire outbreaks in any environment they found themselves.
She explained that the campaign would also allow the service to spell out its mandate to the members of the community and encouraged them to fall on the GNFS in times of emergency.
She said the activities scheduled for the week included float, which is meant for sensitization, fire safety inspections in companies and institutions, display of fire service equipment, and a simulation exercise on the last day.
ACFOI Lamptey mentioned that the continuous raising of awareness and sensitizing the public had reduced the fire cases in the Region saying that “on the average, we normally would have about 40 to 45 fires in a month, but within this month we have come down to 22 to 23 fires and it’s an encouragement because the awareness creation has brought us this far”.
She said the service would not relent but continue the education until the cases reduced drastically in the region noting that, there was a fire safety campaign team that engaged the residents on daily basis on the need to adhere to fire safety protocols to save lives and property.
The Tema Regional Commander cautioned Ghanaians to open their doors for the fire service persons when they visit their homes for education.