The Minister for the Interior Ambrose Dery has tasked the Ghana National Fire Service to step up the education on how the public should react in the event of any outbreak, most especially fire.
According to him many lives and properties could have been saved during the Atomic junction gas explosion if the victims involved had knowledge on how to manage their fears during such terrifying moments.
He said this while addressing the men and women of the Ghana National Fire Service of the Western Region during his three day familiarization tour of the region.
He observed that most of the victims involved in the Gas explosion were not directly affected by the fire except that they stampeded.
“After the Sunday gas explosion, the Vice President, the security agencies and l went to inspect the site and it emerged that most of the victims were not direct victims of the explosion but became victims because of fear and panic… So it is important you educate the public on how they should react to fire situations such as these”, he said.
He commended the Ghana National Fire Service for their prompt response to the Atomic junction gas explosion, but quickly mentioned that “you should conduct investigation after every fire explosion and make the report quickly available”.
“… your report should be able to establish the trend of the cause of fire outbreaks in the country and l can assure you the President will act on it with dispatch”.
On his part the Western Regional Commander for the Ghana National Fire Service ACFO Obeng Dwamena Dankwa disclosed the region recorded 262 fires in 2014, 210 in 2015, 200 in 2016, 150 in 2017.
He assured his outfit will not rest on its oars with its education on fire safety to help reduce the incidence of fire outbreaks in the region.
“Already we have visited some public places of interest especially markets. We have trained traders on how to fight fire in the event of any fire outbreak… “.