Fire Service to procure equipment worth $61M to augment its work


The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has revealed that cycles are in progress to obtain equipment worth $61 million to increase the exertion of the Service in battling crises.

The Service has on a few events go under open examination for frequently neglecting to react to crises on schedule because of calculated difficulties.

Authorities of the Service at a new fire episode at the Accra Central Business District on Monday [July 5, 2021], revealed to Citi News that the fire raised additionally in light of the fact that the fire delicate near the market is unserviceable.

The Director of Budget of the National fire Service, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mark Brako, disclosed that the Finance Ministry is presently chipping away at their solicitation.

“We are to undertake a value for money audit for the package at the Ministry of Finance, and then it is also subject to parliamentary approval since it is an international transaction. The package is around $61 million including rapid intervention vehicles, turntable ladders, fire tenders, and some PPE.”

“People are speculating on what might have caused the outbreak [at Makola], but I don’t want to rely on hearsay. So we will do the proper professional work, and we will know what actually caused the fire. I have also seen some fire extinguishers around, but after the investigations, we will know why they [traders] were not able to use them.”

“Probably, they don’t know how to operate it [extinguisher]. So we will go into that and see how best we can educate the people because if somebody knew how to operate them [extinguishers], the fire would have been doused at the initial stages before we even got here.”

As indicated by the GNFS, this will empower the populace to extinguish fires that may happen inside their regions even before firemen arrive, and will likewise forestall loss of lives and property.


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