The Brong-Ahafo Regional Office of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) recorded 527 fire cases in the Region in 2012, Mr. Kwame Adomako, Acting Regional Public Relation Officer (PRO) of GNFS has said.
Speaking to newsmen in Sunyani at the weekend, Mr Adomalo said 298 cases were recorded in 2011, and that the increase in fire cases during the year under review was beyond the comprehension of the various fire technical committees tasked to ensure sanity in fire operations, even though the committees undertook massive public education on fire safety.
Mr Adomako mentioned careless use of electrical and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) appliances in homes as some of the contributory factors to the outbreak of domestic fires.
He expressed concern about the behaviour of some recalcitrant taxi drivers who had converted their vehicles from petrol to gas and blatantly refused to heed to advice.
Some of the taxi drivers who had converted their vehicles into gas said the use of LPG was cheaper and economical, Mr. Adomako stated.
The PRO added that in times of shortage of gas, the drivers converted their vehicles back to the use of petrol.
Mr. Adomako said the GNFS would continue to mount checks at the various LPG filling stations to halt the activities of such drivers.
“When a driver is caught in the operation, personnel of the Service seized the cylinder, banned the taxi driver from operations for a week or two as punishment to stop them from such dangerous activity”, he said.
Mr. Adomako explained that though the various fire volunteers set up in the communities worked very hard, the year 2012 recorded many bush fires in some parts of the region, mentioning Kintampo Water Falls at Kintampo and Bosomkese Forest at Atronie in Sunyani Municipality as the worst affected.
On road fatalities, the PRO disclosed that 43 people died and 94 injured through 78 road accidents from January-December 2012, as against 72 road accidents in 2011, which led to 31 deaths with 102 people sustaining various degrees of injury.
Mr. Adomako reminded that with the onset of the harmmatan, the ban on group hunting was still in force and cautioned palm wine tapers, farmers and smokers to be wary of the way they handled naked fires to guard against bushfire fires. GNA