Fire Drill Conducted at NCA Tower
The National Communications Authority (NCA) on Friday, 16th February, 2018 conducted a Fire Drill at the NCA Tower located at Airport City in Accra. The NCA Tower which is the seat of the Communications Regulator in Ghana also houses the Ministry of Aviation and three (3) banks.
All members of staff of the Authority and tenant institutions occupying the Tower including visitors and clients assembled at the fire assembly points on the compound when the fire alarm in the building was activated. Shortly after the building had been evacuated, a Fire Tender arrived.
- Fire Tender at the NCA Tower
The exercise was conducted to ascertain occupants’ evacuation and response times in the event of a fire outbreak in the building and in addition, rectify any problems with the emergency systems or evacuation procedures.
The ultra-modern NCA Tower which was commissioned in 2016 has not encountered such exercise since its commissioning and the drill was used as an awareness creation process for occupants of the building and visitors to be prepared for any such eventualities.
- Occupants of NCA Tower at the fire assembly point
Speaking to all assembled, Mr. Solomon Lartey, Fire Officer II of the Ghana National Fire Service advised that during fire emergencies, it is important to quickly move out of the fire area to the assembly point without considering taking or returning to take any valuables, stressing that, life is more important.
- Mr. Solomon Lartey speaking to occupants of NCA Tower
The Deputy Director General in charge of Operations at the NCA, Mr. Prince Ofosu Sefah said that that Authority is committed to ensuring that all lives and property within its premises are preserved and protected hence the fire drill.
He added that the exercise has been conducted in all NCA offices across the country. Mr Sefah stressed that this exercise is part of a comprehensive approach to help prepare employees to respond quickly, calmly, and safely in the event of such emergencies.
Concluding, Mr. Sefah said the Security and Safety Team will review all reports from the Fire Drills and implement further steps to improve the safety of all its staff, tenants and guests.
The drill lasted about thirty minutes and all the occupants of the building were released to go and continue with their various assignments they deserted when the fire alarm was triggered.