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National Chief Fire Officer Bemoans at Bushfires in Nothern Regions

2007-01-03 17:05:12
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THE NATIONAL Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Felix Kwame Ferkah has expressed deepest disappointment at the level at which bushfire was consuming farms and property in the three Northern Regions after the short commencement of this year’s harmattan season.
Mr. Ferkah was with the fear that agricultural production in the three Regions could be reduced by about 60% to affect national food security, if the situation continued like that.

The National Fire Officer made the declarations at separate durbars of service personnel in Yendi and Salaga during his recent working visit to the Northern Sector.

He had earlier visited Volta, Eastern , Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo Regions to familiarize himself with service personnel. He therefore implored all District Chief Executives, Traditional and Opinion leaders as well as all stakeholders to join the government’s campaign against wild and bushfires to enhance the food security of the nation.

Mr. Ferkah, who took turns to visit all District Chief Executives in each of the Districts he visited, commended them for creating good atmosphere for the personnel of the fire service to operate. On the other hand, Mr. Ferkah cautioned personnel of the service that his administration would not condone and connive with indiscipline and lazy staff.

He added that his disciplinary rod would fall on any officer who falls out of line irrespective of rank or status. He said he envisaged a Fire Service that would be among the best disciplined institutions in the security services in the country and entreated all officers in the service to familiarize themselves with the profession’s disciplinary code as enshrined in Legislative Instrument 1725.

He urged the personnel to open a new leaf in the history of the service by refraining from leaking information to the media with the aim of damaging the service or individuals. He also asked Regional, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Fire Officers to operate an open door policy and to hold regular durbars to receive and address public grievances.

Mr. Ferkah stated that in order for the service to achieve its aim of reducing frequent fire incidence, officers should find ways of enforcing Legislative instrument 1724 (Fire Precaution Regulation 2003) which has a dual objective of ensuring safety of occupants of premises and also generating funds for the state. The Chief Fire Officer thus, charged officers to ensure that all public places without fire certificates were not allowed to operate.

He encouraged officers who had the ability to continue their education to do so in both tertiary and civil institutions to enhance their experience.

The Northern Regional Fire Officer, Mr. Patrick Ayamgba declared that property lost in fire this year alone had amounted to one billion, nine hundred and sixteen million, and five hundred and seventy eight thousand cedis including the Yendi crises fires.

He however expressed regret about the current numerical strength of personnel in the Region which is 214 with 17 senior officers and 197 juniors).

Meanwhile, out of the 18 District fire stations in the Northern Region, only six Districts have fire-fighting vehicles.

source: Chronicle

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