Government is committed to the transformation of Ghana National Fire Service [GNFS] and shall continue to support the Service to become elite in firefighting and management in Africa and the world at large, the Deputy Minister of Interior, Henry Quartey, has said.
He commended the Service for the intensification of public fire safety education which he said has led to significant reduction of fires recorded in the country. Market fires according to him has become a “yearly ritual’’ in the country but has since experienced a drastic decline in recent years owing to the education and frequent patrol of the markets by personnel of the GNFS.
Speaking at graduation parade of Cadet Intake XIV of GNFS in Accra, the deputy minister encouraged the command to continue in the direction of regular fire safety education to reduce the incidence of fires to the very minimum. He said “in the world today, emphasis is placed on safety in all aspects of fire management and I am glad the GNFS has adopted a proactive approach through conducting intensive fire education and safety audits in both government and private institutions including media houses to ensure fire safety in these facilities.”
He however pointed out that fire safety education alone is not enough to safeguard life and property if the attitude of the public towards fire safety and prevention remain the same, saying “it should be the responsibility of all of us to appreciate and complement the effort of the Service in ensuring protection of life and property in the country”.
Technology according to him drives the world we live in now and GNFS must take full advantage of it. He entreated the command to encourage and promote regular in-service courses to boost the capacities of both serving officers indicating that regular research and refresher courses are key to the transformation of every institution.
He said the proposed construction of an ultra-modern fire academy and training school at Duayaw Nkwanta in the Brong Ahafo region would be supported by government since the school would ensure quality training and learning environment for cadets, recruits and serving officers of the service.
In all, 79 pass out and were taken through the latest trend in fire fighting and management among others.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa