May 22, 2024

The Vice president of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has increased Ghana Fire Service personnel from 7000 to 15,000 in the seven years of office.

He said the significant increament of the Fire Service personnel indicate the NPP government’s commitment to increasing the strength and capacity of the Ghana Fire Service to make it attractive and ensure a swift response when there is a fire outbreak.

The flagbearer of the NPP, Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia said this on Friday, 19 January 2024, when he commissioned Ghana’s second Fire Service Academy and Training School in Wungu, in the North East Region.

“What is even more significant is that when we came into office, the total number of officers in the Fire Service Training school in Ghana after 6o years of Independence was 7000 officers. Today, after seven years of the NPP government we have increased from 7000 officers to 15,000 officers” He said.

The newly-built training school, which has well-furnished classrooms, a three-storey administration block, dormitories for male and female, a dining hall, and also equipped with modern training equipment, is the 2nd fire service training school in Ghana, since independence, after the only one at JamesTown, Accra.

Dr Bawumia stated that the third training school in Dua-Yaw Nkwanta in the Tano North Municipal District of the Ahafo Region will also be commissioned soon and the fourth is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“When we came into office in January 2017, there was only one fire Academy Training School in Ghana, today’s commission of the Fire Academy and Training School at Wungu means that this is the second Fire Service Training school in Ghana the whole of Ghana this is the number two in Ghana and very soon I will go and will commision number three in Dua-Yaw Nkwanta and then number four before the end of this year” The Vice President stated.

According to him, the government is poised to train more Fire Service personnel to ensure adequate delivery of services provided by the Ghana National Fire Service.

“Fire fighting is a critical aspect of an emergency response and having a dedicated facility such as the one we have commissioned today will greatly enhance the training of our Fire fighters to ensure the delivery of services provided by the Ghana National Fire Service and ultimately save lives in this country. As we all know, fire and other incidents can be incredibly devastating and it is our duty as leaders to ensure that we equip our Fire Fighters with the necessary skills and tools to effectively manage any situation being it fire or other emergency” He assured.