20 GNFS operational personnel to undergo 10-day training in Malta

Mr Edwin Ekow Blankson,Chief Fire Offier

Mr Edwin Ekow Blankson,Chief Fire Offier

About 20 operational personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) are due to leave Ghana on February 17, for Malta on a 10-day training programme.

The training programme is an initiative of the Maltese government and the GNFS to improve the capacity of Ghanaian firefighters.

It would be hosted and sponsored by the Malta Civil Protection Department.

Ahead of the team’s departure, the team was stationed in Accra at the training facility of the Ghana Airports Company Limited Rescue Fire Fighting Service for an intensive five-day training regime.

Chief Fire Officer (CFO) of GNFS, Ekow  Blankson, who inspected the final day of the training exercise yesterday said, the programme fit into the Service’s agenda to modernise its operations to meet changing demands.

“Last year we pursued a transformation agenda. The focus for this year is to modernise the service through our operations, equipment such as protective clothing as well as training. It is a strategy we have committed in order to effectively fight undesired and harmful fires,” he stated.

CFO Blankson said the days of defensive and marginal way of firefighting was over adding that the new direction was to pursue effective offensive strategy.

He said the GNFS would intensify engagement and collaboration with all organisations and institutions to support efforts towards repositioning the Service as world class, with the relevant capacity for rescue and firefighting operations.

Mr. John Attafuah, Managing Director, GACL, reiterated that the company was ready to provide the relevant support to the GNFS in building the capacity of personnel and work together for the good of Ghanaians.

He charged the participants to maintain professional conduct and focus on acquiring the relevant skills to improve their work.

By Claude Nyarko Adams

 

 

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