He said this at the graduation Parade of Cadet Intake XIII of the Fire Service at the Fire Academy and Training School at James-Town in Accra last Friday.
The Interior Minister said that many Chief Fire officers had come and gone but praised the present Chief Fire Officer, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, supported by the Fire Service Council for the transformation they had bought to the service.
Mr. Bani singled out the response time of the Service which he said had been remarkably speedy and expressed the hope that the massive logistical support from government to the GNFS would aid the officer cadets to give off their best.
The Interior Minister added that the Fire Service had also built enough capacity to train her personnel locally as compared to the past when officers were trained abroad and therefore, urged the graduands to contribute to the progress of the GNSF.
He recalled that officers sent abroad to participate in international conferences, courses, and competitions often excelled which had contributed to the growth of the Service.
Mr. Bani was full of commendation for the Home Fire Safety (DUMGYA) Project, and described it as a laudable initiative that was going to help reduce fires in homes which had in recent times resulted in the death of many people.
He urged private sector players to collaborate with the GNFS so that “we can see a more effective Fire Service”.
The Interior Minister promised government’s commitment to provide personal protective clothing for the protection and safety for firefighters and assured of building more fire stations, just like the one that a sod was recently cut for the construction of an ultra modern Fire Academy and Training School at Duayaw Nkwanta, in the Brong-Ahafo Region
In all, one hundred and six (106) officer cadets graduated and were duly commissioned.