The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has entreated the government to provide insurance cover to cater for the immediate medical care of firefighters and rescuers who get injured in the line of duty.
Deputy National Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, DO III Desmond Essoun Ackah, made this plea on behalf of the Service during an appearance on UTV.
“We do well to prevent casualties during fire outbreak and also the incident itself. Now, what government has provided is the workman compensation. Because it’s laborious, you need to receive medical care first then bring receipts before you apply for this is looked at before you can pay.
“It is cumbersome. So now, we are pleading with the government to provide us a direct insurance cover so we can immediately take care of our officers injured while on duty,” he said.
This follows the recent tragic incident at West Legon in Accra where four firefighters got seriously injured after a building on fire collapsed on them.
The fire incident occurred on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, around 2 pm, and spread quickly to the roof of the building, which was made of wood and metal sheets. Thick smoke was seen billowing from the building, attracting the attention of passers-by and residents.
The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has indicated that its officers who got trapped after the roof of a burning building they were dousing collapsed on them are currently out of danger.