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23.12.2007 Disaster

Disaster claims 44 lives

By GBC News

The Central Regional Fire Officer, Alex Hughes says about 44 lives were lost as a result of a number of disasters including fire outbreaks in the region. Besides, more than GH¢600,000 worth of property were also destroyed in 2007 through 265 incidents. In 2006, an estimated GH¢910,000 was lost in 201 fire incidents.

Speaking at a farewell party for the Former Regional Fire Officer, Kru Agyarko Attobrah, he said fire servicemen in the Central Region are doing all they could to sensitize the public to minimize fire related disasters.

Mr. Hughes said the service is in high level talks with the Central Regional Co-ordinating Council for a new fire station to be established at Kasoa in the Awutu-Effutu-Senya District.

According to him, fire appliances would soon be dispatched once accommodation for the new station is secured. He suggested the re-location of the Fire Station at Komenda to a central location to serve the wider community.

Mr. Hughes said the service has also heightened its training programmes and is poised for any possible emergency. He appealed to the Regional Co-ordinating Council and the District Assemblies to assist in providing fuel when the service is stressed up and calls for assistance.

The former Regional Fire Officer, Kru Agyarko Attobrah thanked the fire servicemen for the honour done him and promised to give the necessary support when called upon. He further urged them to re-double their efforts at fire prevention especially as the Hamattan season approaches.