Statistics from the Sunyani Municipal Fire Station indicates that the incidence of fire outbreaks is on the increase. The Sunyani Municipality has so far recorded 75 fires in 2015 between January and June up from the 66 fires recorded in the same period in 2014. An Assistant Fire Officer at the Sunyani Station, Mr. Karim Abdulai who disclosed this in an interview with Develop Ghana Newspaper observed that this year fires have destroyed property valued at 585 thousand 870 Ghana cedis which is an increase of the 472 thousand 680 Ghana cedis destroyed last year. He noted that January this year recorded the highest fire outbreak of 26 costing the municipality 184 thousand 280 Ghana cedis, whereas February 2014 recorded the highest fire outbreak with 13 wreaking havoc estimated at 13 thousand 080 Ghana cedis. Mr. Abdullai also talked about floods cautioning the general public of their unpredictable nature. He named flood prone areas as Nana Bosoma Market, Fiapre and Chiraa. Mr. Abdulai stressed that the service is committed to discharging its duties par excellence and asked for co-operation from all parties. He mentioned fire fighting, fire safety education, humanitarian services, providing technical advice on building plans, road traffic collision rescue operation as some of the duties performed by Fire Service. He advised that much attention should be given to personnel who educate the general public on how to prevent fires and how to bring them under control when they occur. Mr. Abdullai singled out faulty gas cylinders and electrical wiring as key causes of fire and warned people to be careful when dealing with gas and electrical gadgets in their homes and offices.
Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/