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Ghana National Fire Service Board Inaugurated

By
Patience Gbeze, GNA

Accra, July 10, GNA – Government has given
approval to the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to recruit officers to
improve the current ratio of one officer to 4,000 persons.

The Service is to work towards the United
Nations ratio of one officer to 1160 persons and it is expected to reserve not
less than 40 per cent to women, Mr Ambrose Dery, Minister for the Interior said
on Monday.

Inaugurating an 11-member Board for the GNFS
in Accra, the Minister also announced that government had increased the budget
allocation to all agencies under the Ministry including the GNFS, which he
said, would enhance their operations.

The 11-member Board is chaired by Mr Seth
Kwame Acheampong, Member of Parliament for Mpraeso Constituency.

Others include Dr Albert Brown Gaisie, GNFS;
Mr Samuel Amankwah, Ministry for the Interior; Adoi Sussannete Akuki Debrah,
GNFS; Jerry Appiagyei, GNFS; Mr Donan Kobla Tay, Ministry of Water Resources,
Works and Housing; Mrs Helen A. A. Ziwu, Ministry of Justice and
Attorney-General’s Department.

The rest are Mr John Oben Asiedu, Ministry of
Roads and Highways; Mr Rudolph Kuuzegh, Ministry of Employment and Labour
Relations; Mrs Florence Pul and Mr Emmanuel Adugbire, both President’s
nominees.

Mr Dery said with an ever increasing
population and expanding cities and towns, there was the need for the GNFS to
position itself to meet the changing demands as well as offer the critical
services to the citizenry.

He said the GNFS needed more modern equipment
and logistics to prepare for any eventuality, especially regarding the high
rise building structures that were dotting the landscapes of the capital
cities.

“Our schools, markets, malls and other mass
assembly areas require the presence and deployment of equipment and officers of
the Ghana National Fire Service. This, I term, strategic pre-deployment to
reduce the reaction time upon any incident,” he said, and urged the Board to
avert their thoughts to those and others from their diverse experiences and
expertise.

Mr Dery said some 66 Political Districts were
without the presence of the GNFS and the Ministry was inundated with requests
from all sections of Ghanaians for the presence of GNFS.

The GNFS, he said, had developed some basic
modalities as requirements from the District Assemblies for the establishment
of Fire stations and if followed, the district not covered yet, would be
supported with Fire Stations.

“I have also observed that these Fire Tenders
are very expensive. Whilst Government is making efforts to procure some more,
Council should assist GNFS authorities to opt for other less expensive but
equally effective firefighting equipment to enable Government get value for
money in our procurement,” he added.   

The Minister also reiterated the President’s
assurance to the Ministry that all agencies under it, including the GNFS would
benefit from procurement of needed vehicles and equipment from the Chinese
grant.

“It is however, important that you continue to
device ingenious ways of raising and generating revenue to supplement the
efforts of Government,” he added.

Mr Acheampong, on his part, commended the
government for the confidence reposed in the Board and pledged their support to
assist the Service to bring fire prevention and management to bear.

He said it was a high time to introduce
hydraulic platforms to enable the officers and men to fight fires on high rise
buildings and pledged the Board’s commitment to work towards enhancing their
equipment to enable them meet any eventuality in future.

The Chairman also said the Board would pay
attention to revenue mobilization, welfare of staff, and would sensitise
hardworking men and women to boost morale within the Service.

GNA

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