Coconut Grove fire: Sack Chief Fire Officer – GNFS commanders

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By Lorlornyofm April 28, 2017 06:18

Coconut Grove fire: Sack Chief Fire Officer – GNFS commanders

Angered by the ‘abysmal’ firefighting prowess exhibited by the fire personnel on the ground during last Saturday’s inferno that raised down two edifices in the premises of the Coconut Grove Hotel in Accra, top commanders of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) are asking government to immediately relieve the Chief Fire Officer, Brown Gaisie, off his post.

If that is not done, the Chief Fire Officer will drag the image of the service into a complete state of embarrassment.

The commanders, unanimous in their refrain that “Brown Gaisie must go” catalogued to this paper a day after the inferno, the reason why ten fire fighter, instead of two, were deployed to quenched the fire that started around 5:00pm.

Chiefly amongst the reasons, the one of the commanders whom we garb with anonymity because their rules of engagement does not permit them to talk to the media, said, “Morale in the service is very low. I was on the grounds to witness thing for myself and when the saw the reluctance with which the personnel were going about their duties you could clearly tell their morale was low”.

Another commander, who was visibly furious about the public backlash the Fire Service has come under, told News Day that, “Brown Gaisie’s expertise is only in talking, and apart from that he is empty. Look, the drivers in the service buy fuel from their pocket the fuel their vehicles because they are given meager GHC150 fuel coupons for the whole month. So in emergency cases like we had yesterday (last Saturday), they use their monies to fuel the car”.

He also observed that from the Headquarters of the Fire Service to the place of fire is only two-hundred meters, which meant that on a normal day they could have used just two fire tenders and in no time the fire would have been contained but the reverse was the case. T took the inexperienced personnel more house to quench the fire.

“The Chief Fire Officer has transferred all the experienced fire fighters to remote villages where they can’t challenge is decisions. Many of the firefighters that went to the hotel to fight the fire were learners who did not know or understand the rudiments of firefighting”, the commanders told this paper via telephone interview.

Meanwhile, The Chief Fire Officers has since Sunday not responded to calls from this paper nor called back to respond to the allegations by the commanders.

Worst still, Groupe Nduom, the mother company where fire gutted two of its buildings has lambasted the Public Relations Officer of the Service Billy Anaglate for hopping from one radio station to the other, and blaming the company for the inferno.

Source: Newsday

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