Three hundred and ninety-eight (398) recruits of Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) Course 48 have graduated at the Fire Academy and Training School (FATS), after being trained in drills, equipment handling, practical attachment and other nuances of firefighting.
The Minister for the Interior and Member of Parliament (MP) for Nandom, Ambrose Dery, announced at the occasion that government has given clearance for the recruitment of 1,000 personnel into GNFS in 2019, to augment its staff strength and ensure that the service has the required human resource in maintaining fire safety.
The Minister, who was the Guest-of-Honour for the ceremony, which took place on Friday, 23rd March, 2019, said the recruitment drive is to improve the current national fireman to citizen ratio of 1:4303 towards the United Nations accepted standard of 1:800.
Mr. Dery also said that the government had approved the procurement of two hydraulic platforms that would help the GNFS to access high rise buildings extending beyond 15 floors, with the target of transforming the Service into an institution capable of delivering world-class fire and rescue service.
Minister Dery said government will continue to pay rent allowances to personnel of the service to cater for their accommodation needs, as it constructs more comfortable accommodations for all security personnel, adding that his Ministry was collaborating with the GNFS Council to explore ways by which the Service could increase its internally generated funds (IGF) and retain part of it.
Mr. Dery urged GNFS to deepen their engagement with the public and educate them to understand the way the Service operates and advised that for effective public service, the Service should address the perception of the lack of public confidence and that firefighters get to fire outbreak scenes without adequate equipment.
The graduates, comprising of two hundred and ninety-nine males (299) males and ninety-nine (99) females, had the Overall Best Recruit honour going to RFW Veronica Ababio Aggrey, bringing the total number of personnel of the GNFS to 7,900.