In an effort to improve fire safety in Ghana, the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has urged the public to stop making prank calls. When responding to bogus crises, the Fire Department was forced to divert resources away from helping those who were really in need.
One of Ghana’s municipal fire officers has expressed his displeasure at the expanding and frightening nature of the occurrence, describing it as “increasing” in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.
After arriving at a suspected fire site, “it is quite sad to have staff move the fire tender with a wailing siren only to discover no fire outbreak,” he said. He claimed that between January and June of this year, the Service received four prank calls in the Assin-Fosu Municipality.
Prank calls are most popular in the communities of Assin-Dompim, Akomfode-Camp, and Darmang, according to him.
A fire alarm was raised in Assin-Darmang, and we immediately responded, only to discover that the report had been a hoax. This is quite discouraging.”
After making the call, he added, the culprits disconnected their phones, making it harder to track them down.
However, he implied that the Service was working with other law enforcement organizations to bring criminals to justice.
There has been an increase in the number of cave-ins in the area due to the increasing number of hand-dug wells, especially before the rainy season, according to DOIII Tawiah.
He stated that the Fire Marshal’s Office was devoted to raising public awareness about fire safety as a means of preventing disasters, particularly in residential areas and markets.
‘Since fire prevention is a shared responsibility, the Regional Council is urging every individual to take fire safety awareness seriously and observe the do’s and don’t of fire.
A simple fire extinguisher should be owned by everyone to put out the flames before alerting the Fire Department, he suggested.
A common cause of fires, according to the Commander, was a failure to follow basic fire safety precautions, such as utilizing a fire only when absolutely necessary, using licensed electricians to perform electrical work, and performing routine electrical audits in public venues like marketplaces.
To help the Service in the area efficiently execute their services, he requested logistical support from charitable individuals and organizations.