The Brong Ahafo Ghana National Fire Service has announced that the region recorded a higher incidence of fire outbreaks in 2016 that 2015. In a press briefing ACF James Owusu-Agyei the Regional Acting Commander of the service noted that notwithstanding the various preventive efforts of the command there were a total of 644 cases in 2016 as against 633 cases in 2015 which represents 1.73 percent increase. This placed the region second highest in the country both in domestic and bush fire outbreaks.

Out of these 36.3 percent were bush fires, 33.5 percent were domestic fires, 12.5 percent were vehicular fires and 5.1 percent were commercial. He said the other categories of fires were negligible. With regards to cases of fatalities, 10 people lost their lives to fire while over 145 others sustained various degrees of life threatening injuries. The command was able to attend to about 63 road traffic accidents out the lots due principally to logistical constraints he added.

ACF Owusu-Agyei observed that the amendment of the Fire Precaution (Premises) Act (LI 1724) by Fire Amendment Regulations (LI 2249) has expanded the scope of the service to ensure fire safety standards to include private homes.

The Service has also introduced rapid response teams to rescue accident victims.
The teams are positioned at major accident prone areas and highways in the Region to handle accident victims professionally and to save lives.
They include Techiman- kintampo, Kintampo-Buipe, as well as Wenchi- Bole-Bamboi highways, ACF Owusu-Agyei stated during the 2016 annual review meeting of the Service in Sunyani.

In conclusion, he pleaded with residents to be patient and circumspect when they call to report issues of fire outbreak or accident to ensure rapid response from the command.

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