The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has advised the public to refrain from making hoax calls, emphasizing the negative impact such behavior can have on their capacity to respond to true emergencies.
Despite a decrease in fire breakouts in 2023 compared to 2022, notably in the Ashanti Region, which has lately had numerous severe fires, this call comes.
While recent fires in the Ashanti Region have been cause for alarm, the GNFS has indicated that overall fire outbreaks have reduced this year. Their attempts to control fires, however, are being hindered by an increase in fake calls.
In an interview with Citi News, the Ashanti Regional Fire Commander, ACFO Henry Fatai Giwah, voiced significant worry over the growing amount of hoax calls received everyday.
“Prank calls persist. Every day when you go to our control room, even right now. You see the number of prank calls that come. Averagely, more than 200 a day.
Giwah emphasized the dangers posed by prank calls. “And at times if you don’t do your inquiries properly and you dispatch, you realize you dispatch to the wrong place. And that’s why at times when you even call, we want to call you back.
“One thing we do is that when you call, because of these prank calls, when you call fire service, we always want to call you back. And even listen to the environment where you are.”