Staff and National Service Personnel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana numbering about 120 have undergone a one day fire training exercise as part of measures to equip them on some fire safety measures. The one-day training was facilitated by personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service, Legon station
The training exercise lasted for over two hours and consisted of theory and practical rudiments of fighting fire.
Speaking on the rational for the exercise, the Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Mr. Felix Nyante, explained that the training was to equip Staff on the basic fire prevention methods especially at the work place.
He said that fire outbreaks could be prevented however, lack of training on fire-fighting tend to endanger one's life when there was fire outbreak at home or at the work place.
He praised the facilitators for the practical way they educated the Staff and requested the Ghana National Fire Service to regularly make such training programmes available to staff, to secure life and property
DO1 Harriet Anyeley Nunoo, District Fire Officer of the University of Ghana Fire Station, Legon advised that every home and workplace should have an appropriate fire extinguisher. She said that the extinguisher can be used at the beginning stages of a fire to avoid escalation and subsequent damage to lives and property.
DO1 Nunoo explained that although an extinguisher may be seen to be expensive, it is a good investment considering the cost of a fire outbreak.
Other officials of the GNFS also advised Staff to avoid overloading their main sockets and extension boards as this could cause overheating and subsequently trigger a fire outbreak, adding that although extension boards may have spaces to plug in enough appliances, it is not always safe to do so.
Staff of the Council who took part in the training expressed gratitude to the authorities of the Ghana Fire Service and Management of the Council for providing the training programme. They noted that it was very important that everyone remained vigilant to ensure that their emergency exits were clear of any obstruction at all times for a safe and quick evacuation in case of any emergency