…Exciting Times For 5000 Fire Officers….
The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), will soon get an ultra modern Fire Academy and Training School to replace the post independence one near the infamous Lavender Hill in Accra, which has become unsuitable for modern day fire fighting.
The new facility, will be located at Duayaw Nkwanta in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
A sod cutting ceremony for the Training School, has since been performed on the land in the Brong-Ahafo Region for construction work to begin.
The GNFS, has witnessed significant improvements in recent times, since the inception of the current National Democratic Congress (NDC) government led by John Dramani Mahama.
The Service, had a major retooling with nearly 200 fire tender vehicles, supplied to them.
A ban placed on promotions for many years, have been lifted with over 5,000 personnel promoted to their deserved ranks, as well as salary enhancement, this has seen career progression in the service and boosted the morale of personnel.
There has also been the release of new uniforms to the personnel, while plans are far advanced to address the thorny issue of accommodation allowances for the personnel.
Meanwhile, the Interior Minister, has praised the Command of the GNFS, for the many innovations introduced into the operations of the Service.
Prosper Douglas Bani, said this at the graduation Parade of Cadet Intake XIII of the Fire Service at the Fire Academy and Training School at James-
Town in Accra last Friday.
He said that, many Chief Fire Officers, have come and gone, but the present Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, supported by the Fire Service Council, deserves mentioning and commendation.
Mr. Bani, said the response time of the Service, has improved and hoped that the massive logistical support from the government to the Service, would aid the Officer Cadets to give off their best to the Service.
The Interior Minister, added that the Fire Service, has come far that today, the Service has built enough capacity to train personnel locally, compared to the past, when Officers had to be trained outside the Country, and therefore urged the graduands to be proud to be part of such a progressive Institution.
Mr. Bani, said reports reaching his office indicate that, Officers sent outside the Country to participate in International Conferences, Courses, and Competitions, have excelled and have played their part in the growth of the Service.
Mr. Bani, singled out the Home Fire Safety (DUMGYA) Project of the Service as being laudable, as it is going to help reduce fires in the home, which has in recent times resulted in the death of many lives.
He added that, this was a very good initiative and thanked the Command of the Service for creating the enabling environment for the private sector to partner the Service to roll out this project.
He urged other Private Sector Players to come on board and collaborate with the Command of the Service, so that the country, can see a more effective Fire Service.
The Interior Minister, promised government’s commitment to provide Personal Protective Clothing for the protection and safety for firefighters.
He added that, this commitment is seen in the cutting of the sod recently at Duayaw Nkwanta in the Brong-Ahafo Region for the construction of an ultra modern Fire Academy and Training School.
In all, One Hundred and Six (106) Officer Cadets, graduated and were duly commissioned.