The National Fire Academy and Training School (FATS) of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) emerged winners in the maiden edition of the Greater Accra Inter-regional Quiz competition of the service.
The FAT polled 38 points to beat its closest contender, the Tema Region of the Service, which garnered 35 points in the four-region competition.
The others are Greater Accra Regional team which had 33, and the team from the National Headquarters which obtained 23.
The competition ran into ‘extra time’ after FATS and Tema tied on 34 points in ‘normal time,’ but the scores were settled when the FATS team managed an additional four, out of a possible six points, to win the contest.
The quiz, to test the knowledge of the contestants on the service and the country at large, was part of programmes lined up to observe the National Fire Safety Week from April to May 3.
The National Fire Safety Week, on the theme ‘Ensuring fire safety for national development,’ was to create awareness on the need to prevent fires, and educate the general public on what is expected of them in a situation of a fire outbreak.
The five-round quiz focused on the organisation of the service, current affairs, fire safety and riddles associated with fire safety.
Leading Fire Man Isaac Mensah Atakorah, Subordinate Officers (Subos) Frederick Lomotey and Augustine Larman, representing the FATS, demonstrated immense knowledge of the service.
Gracing the occasion was the Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, and other directors of the service, including the Chief Director, Ministry of the Interior Mrs Adelaide Annor Kumi.
Dr. Gaisie, congratulating the contestants, said the service would institutionalise the quiz on a national scale, adding that it would be done quarterly to regularly test the knowledge of the servicemen.
According to him, the quiz remained the only way by which the servicemen could test their knowledge.
By Julius Yao Petetsi