GNFS threatens to boycott, blacklist certain areas over attacks on firefighters

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FEB 22, 2024 LISTEN

In response to a surge in violent assaults on firefighters, the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) is considering drastic measures, including boycotting or blacklisting certain areas deemed hazardous for its personnel.

The decision follows a distressing incident on Saturday, February 10, in Konongo, where local residents, incensed by perceived delays in the fire department's response to a blaze, turned violent, attacking firefighters and causing damage to firefighting equipment.

Speaking exclusively on Citi TV’s Breakfast Daily with David Kwaku Sakyi, GNFS Public Relations Officer ADO 1 Alex King Nartey shed light on the challenges faced by firefighters, citing outdated equipment and logistical constraints as significant contributors to response delays.

Nartey revealed a critical issue with the age of the fire service's fleet, stating, "Most of our fire tenders are between 15 to 20 years old, a very worrying situation." He highlighted instances where essential firefighting equipment in areas like Kasoa and Weija were out of commission, leading to prolonged response times and potentially endangering lives.

The situation was further exacerbated by subsequent attacks on firefighters in Ahafo and Nkawie, resulting in multiple hospitalizations. In light of these challenges, GNFS is contemplating boycotting areas known for assaulting their personnel, as stated by Nartey: "What we are deciding to do is to embark on a boycott on areas that are known to always want to attack our men."

Nartey appealed to the government for urgent procurement of new equipment and called for the construction of additional fire stations in communities to enhance emergency response capabilities. He also urged local authorities to actively engage in educating residents about fire safety to address the root causes of such attacks.

The GNFS's contemplation of boycotting certain areas underscores the severity of the situation, highlighting the urgent need for collaborative efforts to safeguard firefighters and ensure public safety.