[ 2017-10-08 ]
Prince Billy Anaglatey
We need helicopters for better fire fighting and rescue – Anaglatey
The Fire Service’s Deputy Director of Public
Relations, Billy Anaglatey, has noted his outfit’s
need for helicopters to fight fires, following the
massive gas explosion at Atomic Junction.
Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Anaglatey said the
Ghana fire service was now at a stage where it
needs to upgrade its methods.
“We keep saying that now that we have developed to
a level, the fire service needs helicopters for
firefighting and helicopters for rescue purposes,”
The constraints notwithstanding, Mr. Anaglatey
assured that fire service personnel were up to the
task, as far as combating fires are concerned.
“If you talk about our readiness in terms of human
capability, we have it and then we have all that
it takes to fight it. Had it not been that we had
all it took in terms of training and expertise, I
think this fire would have turned into a disaster
and not the mere destruction of the facilities
The massive explosion occurred at the MANSCO gas
station at Atomic Junction near the University of
Ghana, resulting in a blackout and sparking
widespread pandemonium in surrounding areas.
Seven people have been confirmed dead with 40
people sustaining various degrees of injury.
The raging fire following the explosion took
almost 12 hours to fully quench, although the
situation was brought under control after about
There have been complaints of empty hydrants and
water shortages, that have marred
firefighting efforts in the past, but such did not
occur following this explosion.
Source - citifmonline.com
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