The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) yesterday held a passing-out ceremony for 500 community fire protection assistants in Accra, after successfully completing three weeks of training.
They formed the second batch of community protection assistants to be trained by the Ghana Fire Academy under the Youth Employment Agency’s (YEA) fire safety and prevention module and will serve in various communities for the next two years.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the YEA, Mr. Kobbina Obu Beecham, said the YEA’s collaboration with the GNFS to train more youth as fire assistants was part of government’s efforts to address the alarming rates of youth unemployment in the country.
He said personnel trained were expected to supplement the current workforce of the Fire service to help check fire outbreaks in the country.
Mr. Beecham congratulated the graduates for withstanding stiff competition from their peers to make it into the academy, and subsequently passing out.
He advised them to respect their superiors and quickly learn on the job in order to ascend to high ranks in their chosen profession.
Mr. Beecham admonished the superior officers in the service to accommodate the recruits to enable them to integrate into the service with ease.
Mr. Wynni Aumyann, Director for Finance and Administration at the GNFS, said the collaboration would go a long way to support community fire education as the recruits have been trained on fire safety, practical foremanship, fire prevention, bushfires, rescue and fire service communication among others.
“The job of fireman is one that requires a lot of versatility and the fireman of today may be required to administer first aid to casualties of fire outbreaks, hence, the need for you all to learn quickly on the job to enable you exhibit dexterity when called upon, ” he said.
Josephine Gyamfi was awarded for being the Best in Foot Drills while Robert Zornu was awarded for being the Best in Academics.
Dian Akunor was also awarded for excelling in commandants, but the day belonged to Ernestina Baidoo, who swept the ultimate award of the Overall Best Recruit.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey and Prosper Senyo