In recent years, Ghana has been plagued by several fire outbreaks across the country. The National Fire Service has struggled to deal with many of these blazes, partly due to the distance of fire service stations from the fires that occur. The number of fire stations in Ghana, according to the National Fire Service, is inadequate, as it falls below what is needed to cover all districts.
The Asutifi North District of the Brong Ahafo Region is one of the areas without a fire station. Last year, a fire outbreak that could have been extinguished in a relatively short period of time turned out to be devastating for people in the area due to the lack of emergency response services nearby. Following these developments, Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo mine has begun work on the construction of a fire station at Kenyasi to serve the Asutifi North District.
The US$100,000 project is expected to be completed within the next four months and will serve the district and a few other communities in the region. When completed, the facility will have a fire tender shed, offices for senior and junior officers, a conference room, a large compound with a mini roundabout and other facilities.
The project is a collaborative effort between the Ahafo mine, the Asutifi North District Assembly, and the National Fire Service. The Assembly offered the parcel of land, while the Ghana National Fire Service will provide the logistics – as well as manpower – when the project is completed. The company has also established an emergency mutual assistance framework that includes joint drills and exercises.
Addressing guests at the block-laying ceremony in Kenyasi, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Newmont Mining Corporation, Gary Goldberg, who was on a working visit to the Ahafo mine, expressed his appreciation to the Asutifi North District Assembly, chiefs of the community and all other stakeholders for their continuous support and called on them to keep building such partnerships.
Also present at the ceremony was the Asutifi District Chief Executive (DCE), Eric Addae, who described Newmont as a good development partner to the Asutifi North District and called on other corporate bodies and institutions to partner with government agencies for development projects.
“Newmont continues to be a good development partner to the Asutifi North District. As a district, we look forward to more collaborative efforts such as this one,” said Mr. Addae.
On behalf of the other chiefs present at the ceremony, Oseadieayo Osei Kofi Abiri, Chief of Kenyasi no. 1, expressed his appreciation to Newmont for undertaking to build the fire station and called for more developmental projects.
“We appreciate Newmont’s continuous support to build our communities,” said Chief Abiri.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Chief Fire Officer, Samuel Adade, reiterated the Service’s commitment to honour its part of the partnership. “The GNFS will honour its part of the partnership by providing the logistics as well as manpower when the project is completed,” he said.