After going through lessons in fire science operation, fire safety, first Aid, foot drills and physical training to meet fire prevention and management standards, 516 recruits of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) passed out at the Fire Academy and Training School in Accra.

The recruits, made up of 294 males and 222 females, form Course 54 intake and the second batch who had successfully passed out from the Training School having completed their attachment in the various regions.

The Minister for the Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery, who was the Reviewing Officer at the ceremony said the Service has over time demonstrated its preparedness to protect the country from ravages of fire and other life threatening situations through quality training of personnel, fire safety education and also putting their lives on the line to save lives and properties.

Mr Ambrose Dery indicated that Government regards the GNFS as an important stakeholder in nation building and that it was in this vein that plans are ongoing for the Service to take delivery of modern firefighting equipment to help in the delivery of its mandate.

The Minister congratulated all passing out recruits for their resilience and comportment throughout the period of their training. “If the display you have put up on parade today is anything to go by, then I have no doubt that you are ready for the job”, he said.

He implored them to be good ambassadors of the GNFS and be ready to accept posting to serve in any part of the Country where their services may be required.

Awards were presented to deserving recruits, with Recruit Fireman, Kenneth Saah receiving the Overall Best Award. Godfred Adu Larbi, recewived Best in Foot Drills, Best in Academics was Innocent Kwaku Tornyeavah, and Commandant’s Award went to Judy Adjoa Esson.