- The recent fire outbreaks in Ghana have raised concerns on the Fire Service's ability to tackle emergency cases
- The PRO of the Fire Service said they are only able to fight fires up to the fifth floor of high-rise buildings
- He stated their work will be easier with more resources and for building owners to follow safety regulations
The Ghana National Fire Service is currently ill-equipped to fight fires that go above the fifth floor in high-rise buildings.
According to the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Service, Prince Billy Anaglatey, referencing the recent fire incident at the Grenfell Tower in London, should any high-rise buildings catch fire, it would be near impossible for the service to come to the rescue.
According to a Citi FM report, the Fire Officer explained that many new high-rise buildings went as far up as 20 floors, but the service's turntable ladder could only reach the fifth floor.
He stated this means the service does not have the adequate equipment to tackle fires that engulf high buildings, like the London incident.
"…So if those high rise buildings do not have the facilities that will assist the fire fighters to get to floors above the fifth floor, then I think we are in trouble. We are in trouble in the sense that, when we are able to get to the fifth floor we can only manage with our skills and expertise to get to the floors above that. This approach is not enough considering that life and property will be at risk," he stated.
Officer Anaglatey therefore called on owners and constructors of such buildings in Ghana to follow thesafety regulations that have been laid down by the fire service, to make their work easier.
He further noted that to ensure that lives and property won't be lost during such severe cases, the Fire Service needs to be properly equipped.
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