Fire officers tasked to produce back-up plans

The Chief Fire Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Dr. Albert Brown-Gaisie, has tasked Metropolitan, Municipal and district fire officers to conduct risk assessment and prepare contingency plan to reduce the occurrence of fire outbreaks in the country.

“The dynamics and scope of emergency management all over the world is change and that our ability to efficiently and effectively deal with emergencies is what makes us a recognised institution in the country,” he stressed.

Dr Gaisie was speaking at the opening of the metropolitan, municipal and district fire officers   capacity building training course in Accra yesterday.

The two weeks course, which attracted 107 participants from fire stations across the country, is aimed at training them to manage fire outbreaks professionally.

Dr Gaisie noted that public safety and the safety of the country at large must be the concern of the officers, adding, “The safety of the citizenry requires that fire officers update the knowledge to be able to meet emerging demands”.

He stated that the GNFS would introduce a performance management scheme to monitor and assess productivity and efficiency of officers, adding that those who would fail in their line of duties would be sanctioned.

The Chief Fire Officer urged the officers to increase their emergency response time, especially at the station, and asked them to collaborate with communities, churches and institutions to address the incidence of fire outbreaks.

The commandant of GNFS Training Academy, Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Ebenezer Sampson said the academy had undertaken various courses since the beginning of the year, on urban search and rescue, safety inspectors course, fire investigators course and cadet intake XI for about 326 beneficiaries.

He said the training would help fire officers to effectively manage and deploy resources under their command to control fines.

ACFO Sampson hinted that many more courses have been lined up for both junior and senior officers to enhance their capacity in managing fire outbreaks.

By Claude Adams and Janet Asantewaah Opoku

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