In an interview with Radio B.A.R, the Regional Assistant Chief Fire Officer, ADO II Larbi Apraku revealed that most shop owners operating in the region do not have fire certificates.
According to ADO II Apraku, the acquisition of fire certificate from the fire service is one of the prerequisites for the commencement of any business in order to equip the business owners with the necessary techniques on how to deal with fire when it occurs.
He advised business owners to come to the offices of the fire service to be issued with fire certificates for their shops, and warned that any shop owner who refuses to comply would face legal action after the expiration of the one week ultimatum.
The Assistant Chief Fire Officer disclosed that, the region has so far recorded about 69 cases of fire outbreak in January alone this year, consisting of domestic, vehicular and bush fires.
ADO II Larbi Apraku stressed the need for continuous education on how to prevent incidences of fire in the communities particularly areas which are prone to fire in the region during the harmattan season.
He said, the Ghana Fire Service as part of its sensitization drive was moving round houses, shops, institutions, churches and mosques educating the people on how to prevent fire outbreaks.
He appealed to the general public to collaborate with fire officers since the fight against fire is a shared responsibility and therefore should not be left in the hands of the fire service alone.