A delegation led by the chief fire officer Mr. Edwin Ekow Blankson and the Maltese Ambassador to Ghana has paid a courtesy call on the Minister of the interior in Accra. The delegation comprises of twenty (20) Assistant Divisional Officer Grade II (ADOII) of the service who are currently in their final preparation stage to embark on an international training program in the Republic of Malta.

The Minister of the interior Hon. Ambrose Derry in his remark has revealed that it is the commitment of the President of the Republic Nana Akufo Addo to improve the conditions  of service of all security services in the which the Ghana National Fire Service is benefiting from today. He further congratulated the CFO Mr. Edwin Blankson for his hard work towards the fulfillment of his various promises to the personnel of the service. According to Mr. Derry, “the Minister of Finance has given the financial clearance for the service to purchase two (2) new Hydraulic Platforms and Personal Protective Equipment”. The Minister 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 don’t get yourselves into alcoholism and drugs” he cautioned.  

The Maltese Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Jean Claude Malia Galea in his remark has revealed his commitment to the relationship with Malta and Ghana which the Ghana National Fire Service is benefiting from today. Mr. Galea also revealed that the Service signed an MOU with the Maltese   private sector which has resulted to the second batch of personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service visit to Malta. He said “what you do today will lead you to what you plan for tomorrow, so I want you to take this opportunity and learn from Malta” he stressed.

The chief fire officer Mr. Edwin Ekow Blankson in his remark stated that regional and gender balance was followed throughout the selection process. Ten (10) males and ten (10) females making twenty (20) officers thus representing almost all the operational regions in the country were selected for this program. He also revealed that “the team has trained for three (3) weeks in the Fire Academy and Training School (FATS) and 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.

The program will make way for Forty (40) personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service to travelled to Malta but have being divided into two(2) batches with ten (10) males and ten (10) females in each batch.

The first batch is expected to depart from the Ghana on 12th of May 2019 and return on the 19th of May 2019 while the second batch is expected to depart from Ghana in September.