Sunday, December 4, 2016

GNFS Launches Northern Sector Home Fire Safety Project


The Ghana National Fire Service has launched the it's Home Fire Safety Certification Project and 2016/17 National Bush Fire Prevention Campaign in the three regions in the northern part of Ghana.

DUMGYA PROJECT

The Home Fire Safety Certification Project’ or ‘DumGya’ (Put out the fire), project is aimed at tackling the ever-increasing domestic fire outbreaks in the country.

It is being implemented in partnership with private sector players under the national policy on public-private partnership on service delivery.

UPPER WEST LAUNCH

Speaking at the launch the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister Dr. Alpha Museiku Akbar mentioned that domestic fires have destroyed several properties in the region putting the lives of especially women and children at risk.

He commended the Fire Service for Initiating the Dumgya Project to proactively raise awareness on the rising spate of domestic fires most of which are preventable.

He expressed optimism that conscious efforts would be made to educate women and children on the proper use of gas cookers to avert home fires.

Dr. Akbar said the negative consequences of bush fires outweigh the prospects and should be guarded against.

He appealed to the Ghana National Fire Service to intensify its sensitization and anti-bush Fire campaigns and to extend it to the rural areas where bush fires are prevalent.

He charged Municipal and District Assemblies in the Region to help the Fire Service with bylaws on bush burning and to prosecute offenders in the courts.

PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION

Tiberias Ghana Ltd a wholly owned Ghanaian company has partnered the Ghana National Fire Service in the provision of logistics for the centralization of the project, assist in training and equipment of personnel with appropriate technology in accordance with LI 1724.

Representative of Tiberias Gh Ltd Mr Gyrkye Darko noted that his outfit will also provide home fire safety equipment’s such as fire alarms, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

He said this would support reduce deaths through inhalation of smoke and assist insurers in the determination of premiums and payment of claims.

UPPER EAST REGIONAL LAUNCH

At the Upper East Regional Launch, the Regional Minister, Albert Abongo said the launch of the project is very timely as domestic fires continue to ruin lives and properties in the region.

He noted that fore aggravates poverty and deprivation because of the losses it brings in its wake and the injuries usually sustained.

He however indicated that the destruction caused by fires can be prevented with the adoption of fire safety measures at home.

He called on the Fire Service and communities to increase collaboration on behavioral change to mitigate fire outbreaks in the country.

The Chief Fire Officer Dr. Albert Brown-Gaisie observed that the increasing spate of domestic fires in the country could've been prevented by following basic fundamental and rudimentary practices of fire safety management.

He said the fire service will continue to intensify efforts at fore prevention in the country.

Dr. Brown-Gaisie therefore called for increase citizen participation in fire safety and prevention.


By Ghana Leaks Blog


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