The Ghana National Fire Service, GNFS, has said it is incapable of fighting fire outbreak high rise building beyond five floors.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the GNFS, Divisional Officer Bill Anaglatey, in an interview with Citi FM, the modern equipment of the service cannot fight fires beyond five floors of any building.
Anaglatey was speaking on the recent Geenfell Tower in London, noting that should fire engulf any high rise building, the fire service may not be able to save the situation.
“Unfortunately, with the high rise buildings that we have in Ghana now, some are as high as 20 floors and above, but the turntable ladder that the fire service has can take up to only the fifth floor, so what of the floors after the fifth?
“So you can agree with me that it will be more difficult for the Ghana National Fire Service to fight such fire since we do not have all the necessary tools used in fighting fire.”
According to Billy Anaglatey, there are several facilities that need to be installed in high rise buildings to assist fire fighting and rescue in case of any emergency.
“So if those high rise buildings do not have the facilities that will assist the fire fighters to get to floors above the fifth floor, then I think we are in trouble. We are in trouble in the sense that, when we are able to get to the fifth floor we can only manage with our skills and expertise to get to the floors above that. This approach is not enough considering that life and property will be at risk. That is why the fire service has and will always continue to call on owners of such buildings to make sure they meet all the set standards. As an institution we would appreciate it if the owners of high rise buildings will strictly adhere to our fire safety regulations”.