520 fire protection assistants graduate

The graduates marching  pass the diasA total of 520 fire protection assistants have graduated after a three-week course, in Accra yesterday.

The graduates, who were trained in fire safety, practical firemanship, prevention of domestic and bush fires and service communication, among others, would be tasked to promote fire safety education across the country.

The Chief Fire Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Dr Albert Brown Gaisie, said fire continuous to pose significant threat to lives and property.

The Chief Fire Officer in a speech read on his behalf by the Director of Finance, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Wynni Azumyani, said the GNFS remained one of  Africa’s finest, and was ranked among the elite service in the world.

Dr Gaisie said the recent trapping and burning to death of people in their homes was of concern to the GNFS, and urged citizens to abide by fire safety measures.

He said the service has adopted a proactive approach through education and awareness creation to reduce fire outbreaks in the country.

The Chief Fire Officer urged the fire protection assistants to use the skills acquired during training in the discharge of their duties.

The Deputy Chief Fire Officer at the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Luke Atazona, said the YEA was on course to train 10,000 fire fighters as a way of creating jobs for the youth.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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