The Northern Region has recorded a rise in fire outbreak within the first quarter of 2016 with 135 fire outbreaks within the first quarter of this year as compared to 103 recorded in 2015. This is as a result of the severe hamattan that hit the region early this year and negligence of some people.
Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Nicholas Pokoo-Aikins expressed worry over the high rise of fire outbreak in the region and said though the situation is very disturbing; the region has recorded the least fire outbreak in the country.
He noted that, inadequate hydrant in the region is one of the major challenges facing the service. According to him, there is one hydrant within the Tamale Metropolis which makes personnel of the service unable to respond swiftly to fire outbreaks in the area.
He debunks claims by a cross section of the public that, personnel often go to fire scene without water in their tank and sometimes delay when called by eyewitness. Mr. Pokoo-Aikins therefore appealed to government to come to their aid by providing them with logistics to facilitate their operations.