Forty (40) Senior Officers drawn from all the Regional Commands of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) are scheduled to undergo further training in Malta.
The training programme, is a continuation of the successful collaboration between the Ministry of the Interior and the Honorary Consulate of Malta in Ghana, which began in 2018 and culminated in twenty (25) officers receiving similar training in Malta in 2018.
It is expected to enhance the capacities of the personnel in modernization of the service as part of the transformational agenda being pursued by the service.
To this end, the first batch of twenty senior Fire officers comprising of ten males and ten females would from May 15 to 19, 2019 be in Malta for a capacity enhancement programme.
Addressing the officers at a farewell ceremony in Accra on Thursday, May 9, 2019, the Minister for the Interior Mr. Ambrose Dery entreated the officers to make the most out of the training so they can impact positively on their colleagues and operations of the service on their return.
He also appealed to the officers to be worthy ambassadors of Ghana by exhibiting professionalism and decorum in both their social and professional life whilst in Malta.
The Minister used the occasion to reiterate that President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to improving the Security Agencies through capacity enhancement, retooling and provision of logistics to enable them be at par with international best practices and standards was on course and unflinching.
He cited the improvement in welfare issues, promotions and clearance from the Ministry of Finance to pay for the hydraulic platforms for the service to underpin the commitment.
Mr. Dery thanked the Maltese Government for fully funding the training and called for more of such capacity building programmes between the two countries.
The Honorary Consul of Malta, Jean Claude Galea Mallia on his part also urged the officers to make the most out of the training course and learn all that there is to be learnt so they can share with their colleagues when they return.
He thanked the Government of Ghana for its commitment to retooling the service because it would not be beneficiary if after the training, there are no equipment to work with.
The twenty other Senior Officers would also undergo same training in September, 2019 bringing the number to 40 officers in all.