Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) will take delivery of two hydraulic
platforms by the end of the year, to aid fire fighting, the Minister of the
Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery has announced.
hydraulic platform is a special equipment that helps fire fighters to get
access to high rise buildings extending beyond 15 floors during fire outbreaks.
Dery, who disclosed this at the pass-out parade of Recruit Course 49 of the
GNFS in Accra on Friday, said the government was working around the clock to
complete the purchase process.
recruits, comprising 511 personnel trained in various fire safety disciplines
at the Fire Academy and Training School, James Town, Accra, to bring the number
of recruits passed out this year alone, to 909.
to Mr Dery, efforts were also being made to procure and supply personnel with Personal
Protective Equipment, other safety equipment and resources for the smooth
running of the service.
wish to assure you of government’s commitment to equip the Service with modern fire
fighting equipment to ensure effective fire management as well as Road Traffic
Extrication to provide the needed safety and security of our citizens and other
nationals within our jurisdiction,” he said.
Interior Minister noted that with the industrialisation agenda of the
government gradually taking roots, the Service was an important partner in ensuring
that investors and their investments were protected in order to achieve the
Mr Dery said the government would transform the Service’s Conditions of Service
into a new and improved Administrative Regulations passed by Parliament.
consultation with the Fire Service Council, he said the ministry was exploring
ways through which the Service could increase its Internally Generated Funds
and retain part to develop the Service.
fire outbreaks, Mr Dery commended the service for a 4.5 per cent reduction in
reported cases of 2,523 as of April 2019 as compared to 2,646 cases recorded
same time last year.
he charged the service to do more to further reduce outbreaks by increasing
public education on the service’s mode of operation so as to earn public
“historic” passing out of nearly 1,000 recruits this year alone, according to
him had helped improve the citizen to fireman ratio which currently stands at 1:3,589
as compared to the UN standard of 1:800.
“It is my hope that by the end of this year this
ratio will further improve with training of more recruits and cadet,” he said.
He advised the recruits to be diligent and professional in the discharge of their duties to help improve fire safety in the country. Alex Eduonoo was adjudged the overall best cadet.
BY JONATHAN DONKOR AND ALBERTA BRONI
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