The Upper West Regional Fire Service has threatened to close down a Goil Gas Station in Wa if management fails to adhere to fire safety measures within a week.
The defects at the Station came to light during a training programme organized for fuel station managers and pump attendants to prevent and manage fire disasters. The Fire Precautions Regulations 2003 mandates the Service to ensure that property owners or occupants manage the various risks on their premises through regular training and fire prevention practices.
It is against this background that it organized the training workshop. A demonstration was done at some selected stations. But at the Goil Gas Station in Wa, management had everything working except to connect a water pumping machine to the tank in case of an emergency. This called for an immediate attention but when officers of the Service asked the manager to open water for the trainees, there was hesitation.
The Regional Service Commander, ACOP James Emmanuel Quao, has therefore given the Station Manager a one-week ultimatum to fix the pump, which was faulty. Failure to do so will result in a closedown of the station. He added that they will continue to sensitize the people until the right thing is done.
Manager of the Gas Station Abdulai Issahaque also explained that the station has been out of operations for sometime now and when they resumed the machine was kaput. He promised to meet the deadline given by the Fire Service officers.