The Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has said that his Ministry has received financial clearance to procure two new Hydraulic Platforms and Personal Protective Equipment for the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to facilitate their work.
The move, the Minister said, forms of efforts by the government to improve the conditions of service of all security services in the country.
The Minister made this known when a delegation led by the Chief Fire (CFO) of the GNFS, Mr. Edwin Ekow Blankson and the Maltese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Jean Claude Malia Galea, paid a courtesy call on him in Accra.
The delegation comprised 20 Assistant Divisional Officer Grade II (ADOII) of the GNFS who are currently in their final preparation stage to embark on an international training program in the Republic of Malta.
Ambrose Dery congratulated the CFO, Mr. Edwin Blankson for his hard work; he also entreated the delegation to go and put out their best to project the image of the Service and Ghana as a whole. “Go and live descent lives and do not get yourselves into alcoholism and drugs,” he cautioned.
For his part, the Maltese Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Jean Claude Malia Galea assured Ghanaians of a deepened relationship between Malta and Ghana, which the GNFS is already benefiting from.
Mr. Galea also revealed that the Service signed an MOU with the Maltese private sector which has paved way for the second batch of personnel from the GNFS to visit Malta.
“What you do today will lead you to what you plan for tomorrow, so I want you to take this opportunity to learn from Malta,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ekow Blankson explained that ten males and ten female officers thus representing almost all the operational regions in the country were selected for the program.
He also revealed that, “the team had trained for three weeks in the Fire Academy and Training School (FATS) and have had a rigid top up training program at the Ghana Civil Aviation Fire Training Facility”.
The chief fire officer was optimistic that this batch will perform over their predecessors.
According to him, the program will make way for 40 personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service to travel to Malta, adding that they had been divided into two batches.
The first batch, he said, is expected to depart from the Ghana on May, 12, 2019 and return on the 19th of May 2019 while the second batch is expected to depart from Ghana in September.
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