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Fire Service trains 600 fire volunteers in Upper West


Top of the West Regional Demand of the Bekwai, ghana National Fire Program (GNFS) has trained 300 fire volunteers in its goal to be combat-ready during the impending harmattan season. At the passing-out ceremony to launch this year's regional bushfire protection campaign at Issa in the Daffiama/Bussie/Issa (DBI) District previous Tuesday, various items including Wellington boots, jackets and machetes donated by the German International Co-operation (GIZ) were displayed to the trained fire volunteers.

Typically the Regional Commander of the GNFS, Helper Chief Fire Expert (ACFO) Abraham Nii Dodoo, said not too long ago they experienced thirty-two bushfire outbreaks as against 43 in 2020 in several out of the 11 districts, particularly Nadowli-Kaleo, Jirapa, Daffiama/Bussie/Issa (DBI), Wa Far east, Wa West, Sissala East and Western world. "This constituted a 26 percent lowering in the bushfire outbreaks due to intensified education and sensitisation, " he / she said.

These bushfires, Mr Dodoo said, resulted in the loss of 363 acres of farmlands cultivated with food at an projected expense of GH¢619, 646. 32. He said however was one death or injury, 725 people, including ladies and children, were displaced. Mr Dodoo said job of the fire volunteers was, therefore, an effort to beat such occurrences in the future. He / she said 15 deaths and 41 casualties were recorded in numerous fire incidents in 2021 as against one fatality and 26 casualties in 2020. These hearth incidents included local cases, which lead the list with 98 cases, two professional cases, fourth there’s 16 vehicular fires, 12-15 institutional fires, 23 electrical and 21 years old commercial fires.

All of these losses were estimated at GH¢3, 569, 428 for 2021 and GH¢1, 007, 571 for 2020. Mr Dodoo regretted that nothing of the comunitario and district devices had established the mandatory Anti-Bushfires Handle Sub-committee as anticipated for under PNDC Laws 229, Section (5). The law areas that "all Metropolitan/Municipal/District Assemblies shall commence bush fire control sub-committees which will regulate the using up up of plant life in MMDAs. inch. Mr Dodoo implored the fire place volunteers to display a top sense of professionalism in the discharge of their duties to stop the degradation of the environment.

He mentioned practices that brought on bushfire as grilling with charcoal burning, use of naked fire in hunting, smoking activities, cooking on facilities, deliberately setting upwards fires to grassland by herdsmen with the intention of getting greener lawn for cattle to graze on. He or she, therefore, asked maqui berry farmers to notify the fire volunteers every time they were about to take part in such activities on their land, to prevent the fire from getting out of palm.

He said anyone caught setting fireplace to the rose bush indiscriminately will be severely dealt with based on the law. The particular District Leader of DBI, Mr Nadi Imoro Sanda, become a huge hit to stakeholders, including traditional authorities, to come together to brainstorm about how to deal with the menace to guard the environment for this current and future generations. He mentioned the Nandom and Lawra municipalities where through the initiatives of these traditional regulators they'd experienced no bushfire for over a decade


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