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On Monday, August 21, 2023, the Northern Regional Fire Committee was formally inaugurated at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council. The event marked a significant step towards bolstering fire safety initiatives within the region.

The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu, who is also a committee member, expressed his enthusiasm during the inauguration. 

He acknowledged the honor of being part of the Regional Fire Service Committee and emphasized the importance of the committee’s role in advising the council on matters related to the Fire Service’s functions in the area.

Hon. Shaibu took the opportunity to extend his gratitude to the management of the Ghana National Fire Service for the recognition. He highlighted the relevance of the Regional Fire Service Committee as outlined in section 13 of the Ghana National Fire Service Act 537 of 1997. This act assigns specific responsibilities to the Ghana National Fire Service, including organizing public fire education programs, providing technical guidance for building plans, inspecting fire extinguishers, coordinating personnel training, and offering rescue services during emergencies.

The Regional Minister stressed the fundamental significance of disseminating basic fire safety knowledge at the grassroots level. 

He called upon committee members to approach their responsibilities with dedication and diligence, aiming to achieve the committee’s objectives.

Assuring the committee of his support, Hon. Shaibu pledged to create a conducive environment for the committee to fulfill its mission effectively.

The Regional Fire Officer, ACFO I. James Ankrah, provided historical context, revealing that the Ghana National Fire Service, established in 1963, originally focused on firefighting and humanitarian assistance. The subsequent enactment of the Ghana National Fire Service Act (Act 537) in 1997 expanded the service’s role to include fire prevention, management, and addressing related matters.

ACFO Ankrah outlined the existing operational framework, adding that their service currently operates nine (9) Fire Stations located in Tolon, Saboba, Savelugu, Sagnarigu, Yendi,Bimbilla, TamaleTeaching Hospital, Nyohine and Ward K in Tamale. 

โ€œTolon and Saboba Fire Stations were established just this year and are the only Stations without fire tenders, while Kpandai District Assembly has just completed an office accommodation for the service which will soon be made operational, with a total staff strength of 727 personnel made up of 115 Senior Officers, 608 other ranks and 4 Civilian employees,โ€ he said.

He also presented fire incident statistics, indicating that the command had responded to 171 fire outbreaks with an estimated cost of GHC10,782,000 as of August 21, 2023.

The Regional Fire Officer unveiled 300 Acre land that has been secured for the establishment of a Training School in Mion, underscoring the commitment to enhance regional firefighting capabilities. Land acquisition initiatives near the New Tamale International Airport and in Savelugu were also highlighted as part of the strategy to bring fire services closer to residents.

“With these lands and many others to come, we are hoping to expand our operations and bring our services to the door steps of the good people of the Region in the short to medium term”, he added.

The committee members include; The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Shaibu-Chairman, Chief Director/RCD-Secretary, Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Grade I (ACFO), James Ankrah, Director – NRCC, Fawei Issifu, Mohammed, State Attorney, Lawyer Kudus Salia, Public Relations Officer-GWCL, NII Abei N. Ing. Elvis Demukor-NEDCO and Chief Kasul-lana.

The inauguration of the Northern Regional Fire Committee marks a pivotal moment in fortifying fire safety efforts, promising increased protection for residents, industries, and valuable assets across the region.

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