Hagar Naa Ayeley Ammah
The acting Chief Fire Officer, Albert Brown
Gaisie, has called on the Electricity Company of Ghana to, as a matter of urgency, disconnect all illegal wirings in the various markets.
At an inspection tour of the Makola market in Accra, Mr. Gaisie said electrical appliances and faulty wires were the main causes of fire outbreaks in the markets, which did not normally, have fire hydrants.
It is the right of the Fire service to protect you against fire, therefore you should assist us in doing this, he said to the traders.
Mr. Gaisie used the occasion to appeal to the public institutions and industries to acquire fire certificates and fire extinguishers.
He said a maximum of two weeks would be given to the public to acquire certificates as required by law, and if for any reason people did not have the certificates, they would have no option but to close their offices.
We shall adopt measures to provide services and save the lives of the citizenry, he said.
Earlier at a news conference the acting Chief Fire Officer told journalists that the Fire Service Council had recommended that 1,943 junior officers should be promoted.
This, he said, would encourage and motivate them to render good services to the public.
Mr. Gaisie also indicated that 125 vehicles including water tankers would be acquired to make their work easy.
It is our duty to protect lives, so we shall form a patrol team and place them at vantage points to ensure security in cases of emergency, he said.
He said that fire fighting is now becoming complex, that was why his administration was providing the necessary materials with which to secure the lives of the people.