TMA to support GNFS to sensitize residents on fire outbreaks

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The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) to collaborate with the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to sensitize residents on means to stop fire outbreaks.

Mr. Yohane Ashitey Amarh, TMA Chief Executive Officer said there was the need to educate residents and provide them with the GNFS emergency numbers to call whenever there was a fire outbreak to prevent the loss of lives and properties.

He said this when he visited a squatter community behind the Tema Timber Market which got gutted on Wednesday during the rainstorm that hit some parts of the Greater Accra Region.

Mr Amarh noted that the Tema Office of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) were gathering data on the affected persons of the Wednesday Tema Timber Market fire outbreak to enable the Assembly to provide them with the needed support.

On the issue of the numerous squatter communities in the industrial city, he said the Assembly was about to embark on the demolition of such communities starting with the one on the premises of the Tema General Hospital and unauthorized structures along the major roads of the metropolis.

Mr. Timothy Affum, Assistant Chief Fire Officer who led a team of firefighters to bring the fire under control, told newsmen that they received information about the incident after 12:00 hours.

Mr. Affum said even though no casualties were recorded, three machine shops were affected with two totally burnt and one partially, adding that a number of the wooden structures which served as settlements for the squatters were also destroyed.

He explained that preliminary investigations revealed that embers from sawdust that was being burnt around were blown to the makeshift structures by the winds leading to the fire.

He added that they were able to bring the fire under control within one hour after mobilizing ten appliances including a turntable ladder, fire tenders, and water tankers, noting that it included two appliances from the GPHA fire brigade which came in to support the team.

He advised the public to always call the GNFS quickly whenever there was a fire outbreak instead of waiting for it to escalate as doing so could help save lives and properties.

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