The aggressive media fire prevention campaign and fire safety education initiatives launched by the fire safety directorate, according to the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) Command, are to blame for the country’s constant decline in fire breakouts from January 2023.
In January 2023, there were a total of 827 fire outbreaks reported. This number, however, dropped to 728 in February, a decrease of 99, or 11.9%, to 622 in March, a decrease of 106, or 14.5%, and to 506 in April, a decrease of 116, or 18.6%, in May.
The events gradually decreased to 337 instances in June, a fall of 91 cases or 21.3%, bringing the total to 428, a decrease of 78 cases or 15.4%.
The Chief Fire Officer claims that nationwide second-cycle schools, institutions, truck stations, religious organizations, and other public gathering places have benefited from extensive media fire safety campaigns, floats, and fire safety instruction.
Chief Fire Officer Julius A. Kuunor stated that the command hopes that those who benefit from these fire safety campaigns will spread the word to their family and friends to increase public awareness creation and help reduce fire incidents to the absolute minimum by December 2023.
Ambrose Dery, the minister of the interior, praised the contributions made to the office complex by all parties involved and promised that the government will continue to work with private parties to offer fire protection for all areas.
The government’s assistance will continue to be crucial in helping the fire command carry out its duty, he continued, since preparations for the retooling of the fire service are well under way.