|299 Fire Service Recruits Pass Out|
|Saturday, 19 November 2011 09:28|
The Chairman of the Ghana National Fire Service Council, Alhaji Amadu Bukari Sorogho, says government will recruit 900 personnel and 100 cadet officers into the National Fire Service next year, and the final batch in 2013, to realize the 3,000 target, spanning 2011-2013.
The recruitment drive is in recognition of the readiness of government to provide a career for the youth in fire-fighting and rescue, to meet the fire safety needs of the citizenry.
Alhaji Sorogho made these known at the Passing-Out Parade of 299 recruits at the Fire Service Training Academy in Accra, yesterday.
Alhaji sorogho said so far, 600 recruits and 100 cadet officers had graduated from the training school, this year, while another batch of 600 recruits would commence training by the end of November.
He disclosed that government had acquired a 260-acre land at Dodowa for the building of a modern Fire Academy and Training College with a training capacity of 500 personnel at a time.
The Council Chairman underscored the need for enhancing the human resource base of the service and pledged government’s commitment to equipping the Service with their technical and logistical needs in order for them to be able to meet the challenges of the time.
“ 227 fire fighting vehicles and equipment, 114 fire tenders and water tankers have arrived from United States of America and Belgium with 500 Breathing Apparatus to augment the capacity and operational efficiency of the Fire Service” he announced.
He noted that there had been a reduction in fire outbreak figures for this year, a development, he said, was attributable to intensified public fire safety education.
He gave the assurance that government was making efforts to address the challenges facing the Service namely, inadequate personnel accommodation, vehicles and logistics as well as improving the working conditions of the Fire Service personnel.
He charged the recruits to work diligently to enhance the corporate image of the Fire Service and also help save Ghana’s forests and vegetation during the harmattan season.
The recruits, comprising 97 women and 202 men, who were drawn from all the ten regions of the country, were taken through subjects like Fire-fighting Drills, Fire safety in premises and Fire Precautions, Written Communication, First Aid, Fire Science and Corporate Image Building.
Four categories of awards were presented to Benjamin Alori, Overall Best Recruit, Susana Kudiabor, Commandant Award, Justice Dellor, Best Recruit in Foot drill and Robertson Setsoafia, Academics Award.
Source: ISD (Constance Takyi & Abigail Addo)