The Oti Regional Minister-designate, Daniel Machator, has called on personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service to be professional and disciplined in their discharge of duties, as well as live beyond reproach.

Speaking during the occasion of the International Firefighters’ Day at Dambai, the acting Oti Regional Coordinating Director, Rev. Harry Nii Kwatei Owoo, on behalf of the Minister-designate, said “as officers of the Ghana Fire Service, you are wearing the badge of a very noble profession, and for that matter, your conduct at your various stations should be beyond reproach”.

He urged them live like models and mentors to bring respect to the profession. He acknowledged that though the firefighters continue to serve with valour, there is the need to continue doing more.

He said government was doing everything possible to ensure that fire stations at the sub-regional level were fit for purpose and well resourced.

He called on the fire officers in the municipalities and districts to collaborate well with the Assemblies they find themselves in.

He expressed worry over statistics that suggest that more than 1,000 firefighter lose their lives every year nationwide in line of duty.

“We are, therefore, gathered here to pay tribute to the brave firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, protecting our communities and our lives in Oti,” he stated.

The Minister-designate stressed  the need for all stakeholders to support firefighters in the region and the country at large in order to remember the sacrifices made, and to work together to ensure the safety of every community.

For his part, the Oti Regional Fire Officer, ACFOI Prince B. Anaglate, noted that Fire Service is the only agency with the expertise and technical know-how to ensure total risk management and property conservation for national development.

He indicated that firefighters have an additional responsibility to protect the public in all forms of emergency situations that involve hazardous materials.

He stressed that the role of firefighters can never be overestimated. He said their responsibility as the nation’s first responders extends to a wider range of emergencies far beyond the traditional role of firefighting.