NIC helps firefighters build forensic laboratory
The National Insurance Commission (NIC) presented a check for GH ¢ 300,000 to the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to enable them to complete a three-story forensic laboratory.
The lab unit, when complete, will help the department use scientific methods to determine the clear origin and cause of fires for public safety.
Mr. Michael Kofi Andoh, Deputy Insurance Commissioner, who made the presentation, said the GNFS was facing relentless fires occurring in parts of the country.
Establishing the forensic laboratory would help the Commission to properly assess fire risks, he said.
“For us as insurers, this will help us to properly assess the risk of fire and will also help us in our claims handling. Some people who have already made fire claims will tell you that sometimes the claims take a long time and that is because they have to identify the cause of the fire, a lab like this will make it easier for us to do it and faster.
“This collaboration between NIC and GNFS will hopefully continue until the lab is complete.”
Mr Andoh said the ongoing efforts to build a forensic laboratory at GNFS headquarters, funded by the NIC, are the first of their kind since the service was established in 1963.
Once completed, the GNFS would use scientific methods to determine the clear causes of the fires.
Mr. Julian Kunnor, Deputy Fire Chief, who received the check, said: “With the establishment of a forensic laboratory, effective scientific methods will be used to identify the cause of the incident, including a fire. which would otherwise simply be classified as accidental.
“We are confident that the forensic lab, when completed, will serve as a paradigm shift to ensure a scientific method of investigating incidents.
The remittance of the check for GH ¢ 300,000 follows a first 500,000 GH ¢ presented by the NIC when construction of the laboratory began.