Chief Fire Officer advocates recruitment of more firemen

Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, Chief Fire Officer. (5)Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, the Chief Fire Officer (CFO), has expressed worry over the “woefully inadequate” personnel in the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS),   and stressed the need for government to allow the   recruitment of more personnel. …..

He said the limited number of personnel at some fire stations in the country,   especially in the rural areas was a major challenge for the service to adequately fight fire outbreaks in those areas.

Interacting with personnel at the Dunkwa-on-Offin fire station as part of a duty tour of the Central Region, Dr. Gaisie said the GNFS currently had about 7,000 fire personnel,   indicating a fire citizenry ratio of 3,000 citizens to one fire officer.

The ratio, he said, was not up to the internationally accepted ratio of one fire officer to 800 citizens.

He expressed worry that the situation would get worse in few years since a significant percentage of the total number of personnel was nearing retirement, stressing that “ we need more fire personnel to fill the gap created to support the little that we have.” .

The four-day tour of the region was to enable the CFO to acquaint himself with the situation at the various stations   to identify the problems facingthem……………………   Dr. Gaisie observed that, aside personnel, some fire stations in rural areas lacked certain basic logistics which often made it difficult for fire personnel to work efficiently, and, therefore, urged the MMDCEs and corporate institutions to support the Service…………………

He indicated that ensuring fire safety was a collective responsibility, and therefore, all stakeholders must work hard to Dr. Gaisie observed that, aside personnel, some fire stations in rural areas lacked certain basic logistics which often made it difficult for fire personnel to work efficiently, and, therefore, urged the MMDCEs and corporate institutions to support the Service………………….

He indicated that ensuring fire safety was a collective responsibility, and therefore, all stakeholders must work hard to ensure that every individual had a full understanding of fire safety and prevention, adding that it was time “we all become conscious of fire safety for economic growth”……………..

Dr. Gaisie admonished fire men and women to intensify their education to make the citizenry understand the need to ensure fire…….. safety at hom-es,….., churches, work places and other places of social …gathering, and added that having .enough logistics, was not a guarantee that there would be no fires and that it was good to prevent them.

He advised the personnel to desist from engaging in activities that would endanger their health and also to go for regular check-ups to ensure that they were fit to fight fires.

The CFO also asked them not to do things that would tarnish the image of the service, but exhibit a high sense of professionalism.

–GNA……………………..

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