Fire Service intensifies campaign for bush fire prevention

Thursday 7th December, 2017
By Nana Osei Kyeretwie, GNA

Asuakwaa (B/A), Dec. 07, GNA – The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) would continue to champion bush fire prevention campaign across the Sunyani West District of Brong-Ahafo Region in the dry season and beyond.

That would be a means of protecting the environment, game and wild life and investments into agriculture, especially promoting the successful implementation of the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs (PFFJs) Programme in the District.

Assistant Divisional Officer (ADO) II Alfred Brocke, the Acting District Fire Commander gave the assurance when he was speaking at the launch of the District’s bush fire prevention campaign on Friday at Asuakwaa, near Chiraa in the District.

The programme, organised as part of the District’s celebration of the 33rd National Farmers’ Day was also used to inaugurate a 60-member-33male and 27-female anti-bush fire volunteer squad (FVS) from Chiraa and its environs.

ADO II Brocke said almost all communities around Chiraa had a standing VFS that its members had already been trained on basic rudiments and techniques of fire-fighting and prevention but prior to that inauguration, those 60 members were given two weeks refresher training and orientation.

He said since its inception, VFSs had played crucial roles in the success of the GNFS’s fire prevention campaigns in various communities across the country.

ADO II Brocke expressed worry however, that the GNFS had observed that bush fire prevention was no longer attractive to the youth nowadays and therefore challenged the District Assembly to rebrand the rural fire concept to make it more appealing to the youth.

He said being a fire volunteer meant one had been given several training and enhancing one’s capability to save any life in a threatening situation.

ADO II Brocke explained that in the event of a fire outbreak, a fire volunteer must be able to save himself or herself and provide basic assistance to those who needed it and to protect the environment.

He emphasised that the task of preventing fire outbreak was not the sole responsibility of Fire Service personnel and members of FVS but everyone in the society.

ADO II Brocke therefore appealed to traditional, religious and opinion leaders, school heads, civil society and non-governmental organisations activists to actively support in diverse ways in the campaigns to record zero-fire incident in the country.