The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), the fire fighting agency has admitted the public outcry and criticisms about their operations is fast demoralizing officers of the service.
According to the GNFS, the situation of the public criticizing the service is worrying in the face of the challenges being faced by personnel of the service.
Mr Ellis Robinson Okoe expressed this worry reacting to the cry of the public in the matter of the fire outbreak at the four-story building belonging to Adwoa Wahab in the Central Business Districts of Accra(CBDs) speaking on Accra-based Neat FM’s morning show hosted by Akwasi Aboagye.
He said the way and manner the public is criticizing the personnel of the service is disheartening stemming from the challenges personnel have to go through on daily basis.
He explained that even though the service is handicapped by way of equipment, officers of the service are doing their best in the situation they find themselves in.
He said fighting fire is a difficult thing to do in terms of ensuring security in the country.
''Ghanaians must exercise some restraints when criticizing personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service, he argued.
He admitted that the service is challenged and there is the need for Ghanaians to appreciate that.
He said the issue of dousing fire is a collective effort among other security agencies and utility providers in the country.
He added that the issue of the Makola fire was a matter of illegal connection which has to be tackled by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
The issues of pressure at the hydrant have to be tackled by Ghana Water Company Limited, he explained.
He appealed to market women in the country to endeavour to insure their wares to fall on in times of trouble.
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