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The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. Eric Opoku, has assured the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) of the government’s continued support in the discharge of its duties.
Speaking at a handing over ceremony of eight (8) fire tenders/appliances to the Brong Ahafo GNFS in Sunyani, the Regional Minister who doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asutifi South said the government would continue to support the service with logistics and resources needed for it to work effectively and efficiently in carrying out its mandate.
On accommodation problems faced by the GNFS, Hon. Opoku said all the Municipal and District Assemblies in the region would include in their budget, accommodation for all security personnel in the region by 2015. He, however, implored them to ensure proper maintenance of the logistics given to them by the government to ensure that, they lasted.
Taking delivery of the appliances, the Brong Ahafo Regional Fire Officer, ACFO Kwame Larbi Apraku expressed gratitude to the government for the support. He said the appliances would go a long way to boost the activities of the service. He used the opportunity to appeal for picks ups vehicles to help the service in its quest to prevent fire outbreaks through education.
He said fire incidents reduced from 677 in 2013 to 337 in 2014 a reduction of about 50 per cent. This, ACFO Larbi, attributed to the hard work of personnel of the GNFS in the region especially in terms of fire education.
ACFO Larbi stated that, 17 out of the 27 districts in the region had fire stations and out of the number 12 stations had fire cover and that that delivery could not have come at a better time. He said that, the GNFS would continue to work hard to improve on the success chalked so far.
Source: ISD (Alan T. Boakye-Yeboah)