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Fireman's Prayer

When I am called to duty God wherever flames may rage Give me the strength to save some life whatever be its age help me embrace a little child Before it is too late or save an older person from the horror of the fate. Enable me to be alert and Hear the weakest shout and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out. I want to fulfil my calling and to give the best in me to guard my every neighbour and protect his property and if according to your will I have to lose my life please bless with your protecting hands my children and my wife. Amen.

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OUR VISION

To prevent and manage undesired fires, thereby reducing loss of lives and property by enforcement of fire safety measures in national strategic installations, and responding promptly to fire disasters.

OUR MISSION

To provide an efficient and valued fire and rescue service to meet statutory requirement in Act 537 and public expectation. This will be achieved through appropriate resource in terms of equipment, appliances, and premises and by effectively training personnel.

We are confident that we can maintain and improve public safety from fire and other emergencies, thereby protecting the people, industry, crops and the vegetation.

COLLABORATING AGENCIES

In the event of any national disaster, the GNFS collaborates with other agencies such as NADMO, the military etc, to deal with the situation. However, in such circumstances, the chief fire officer takes the overall command. 

 

STRUCTURE

OFFICES

The Service runs a centralised administration with a National Headquarters in Accra and Eleven Service Administrative Regions in all and Political Regions of Ghana.  Tema Region makes up the Eleventh Region.  The Service also has a training institution, The Fire Academy and Training School, based in Accra.  Each Fire Service Region has District Offices.  Presently, the Service has 125 offices in 108 out of the 145 political districts of Ghana.  In addition, 25 Fire Posts can also be found throughout the country.

 DIRECTORS

 The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service is the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) who is supported by eight (8) key Directors, mostly of the rank of Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO). The Director in charge of Operations is however, the second in command in the hierarchy. 

Below the Directors are Regional Fire Officers (RFO’s) who are of the rank of Assistant Chief Fire Officer.

District Fire Officers represents the next line of authority.  They are usually of the rank of Divisional Officer grade one or two (DOI / DOII).

At the bottom of the hierarchy of authority are Officers-in-charge of Fire Posts, Watches/Sections at the Stations.

 

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

INFRASTRUCTURE / ACCOMMODATION

The Ghana National Fire Service completed two new office accommodations at Nungua and Fomena in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions respectively.

LOGISTICS

The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) was provided with forty-five (45) TATA vehicles made up of 4WD Pick-ups, Buses and Station Wagons. This is unprecedented in the history of the Service, as previously, all vehicles provided the Service were mostly in the form of Fire Tenders.

Additionally, Government provided twenty (20) Desk top computers and twenty-two (22) Air Conditioners, three hundred and eighty-six (386) hoses, one hundred and thirty (130) sets of walkie-talkies to enhance the administration and operations of the Service.

HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

In respect of Ghana National Fire Service, forty-five (45) personnel were granted study leave to pursue various academic and professional disciplines.

In terms of in-service training, two hundred and sixty-four (264) personnel throughout the country benefited from Road Traffic Accident [RTA], Fire Safety, First Aid, Incident Command and Breathing Apparatus [BA] courses. Instructors for these courses were from the World Council of Rescue Organization [WCRO, UK].

In addition, two (2) officers were sponsored to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service in the United Kingdom for advanced course in Road Traffic Crash and Trauma Care.

Also, five hundred (500) recruits passed out to augment the total strength of the Service.

WAY FORWARD

The Service will rigidly enforce the Fire Precautions (Premises) Regulations to ensure adequate Fire Safety for the citizenry.

The Service will also intensify Fire Safety education especially in fire prone areas.

The Service will develop a curriculum for fire education from pre-school to Senior High School level and also build capacity in Bush Fire Management.

The Service hopes to continue all on-going projects spread across the country.

More computers and other office equipment will be acquired to further enhance the smooth running of the administration of the Service.

The Bush Fire Law, PNDC Law 221, is being reviewed to make it relevant for the effective control and prevention of bush fires.

To conduct simulation exercises in selected high rise buildings

The Service in conjunction with the Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines is drafting a National Wild Fire Management Policy and hope to complete it in the course of the year.

Plans are far advanced to establish a Faculty of Fire Engineering and Safety at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Specialized Rescue Teams to be established at Fire Stations across the country to ensure that citizens who find themselves in unfortunate situation are rescued professionally.

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