The Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring the critical examination of the types of equipment and logistics that are needed to fight fire in the country.
In a speech read on his behalf at the graduation ceremony of Cadet Intake XIV of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Ambrose Dery indicated that the government would ensure that whatever was provided to the service was useful for firefighting.
He praised the service for adopting a practical approach to conduct intensive fire education and safety audits in government and private institutions, to deal with perennial fires that destroyed properties in the country.
The minister, also noted that fire safety education alone was not enough to safeguard life and property if the attitude of the public towards fire safety and prevention remained the same.
He stressed that the public must be sensitized to their responsibility to appreciate and complement the efforts of the service in ensuring the protection of life and property in the country.
The sector Minister also challenged the management of the GNFS to take advantage of technological advancement to encourage and promote regular in-service courses to boost the capacities of serving officers adding, regular research and refresher courses were key to the transformation of every institution.
He stated that the government would support the construction of a Fire Academy and Training School at Duayaw Nkwanta in the Brong Ahafo Region to ensure quality training for cadets, recruits and serving officers of the service.
At the ceremony, some of the graduating officers were awarded;
They were Officer Cadets Celestine Senanu Gamor, Priscilla Ampong Mensah, Ahmed Addy Lamptey and Emmanuel Akyeampong Simpson, who emerged as the Overall Best Student.