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Personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) stationed in Parliament House on Monday, May 21, 2018, educated staff of the Parliamentary Service on fire prevention at the workplace and at home. In an opening address, Clerk to the Table Office, Ebenezer Djietror, pointed out the importance of fire awareness in our daily lives since no one knew when and where it would occur.
Staff were exposed to the various circumstances that could trigger fire. Assistant Divisional Officer (ADO) 1 Alexander Kwakye and ADO 1 Jude Yankey, advised the workers to check all their power gadgets regularly and get acquainted with their right and safe use of cylinders, microwaves, fire extinguishers, emergency exits and methods of evacuation in cases of emergency
Job 600, with its 12 floors at present has a ladder that can reach the sixth floor in an emergency but there are other methods to help access any part of the giant edifice in case of any emergency. In spite of all these measures, the best bet is having the knowledge of fire prevention, the instructors said, and of course, taking measures to prevent fire outbreaks. Safety methods such as neat packing and arrangement of rooms, keeping of chemicals in safe environment, fire detection, having phone numbers of the nearest fire stations, shouting for help in the absence loudspeakers, making use of firefighters and knowing the cause of fire before using water.
A simulation exercise in open air the Justice D. F. Annan Hall, in the outer quadrangle of the Job 600 and the New Block, saw staff workers trying to put out fires with wet materials, fire extinguishers as directed and taught by a team of fire service personnel stationed at the Parliament House
It would be recalled that a couple of years ago a National Fire Service Station was inaugurated at the Parliament House to cater for it and its environs such as Ridge and Osu.
Source: JOHN KUMADO