REGIONAL COMMANDER

 

 

 

 

 

PROFILE OF THE REGIONAL COMMANDER

The Brong Ahafo Regional Commander is Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) James Owusu-Agyei.  He joined the Service on 1st November, 1992. ACFO James Owusu -Agyei holds a Diploma in Biology from (U.C.C.), Bachelor of Education from (U.C.C.) and the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) Graduate Option. He also holds a master’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety from the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT). He held various positions including Second in- Command for Eastern, Tema and Greater Accra regions respectively.

BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT THE COMMAND ( BRONG AHAFO REGION )

The Brong Ahafo Regional Command of Ghana National Fire Service was established in 1966 under the Command of SUBO A. K. Agyei as the first Regional Fire Commander. Since its establishment, the Command had relocated to several temporal places due to inability to secure/ build a permanent structure for its operations. The Command was first situated at the Inter-City Transport Company yard (formerly called STC yard) and later relocated to Metro Mass Transport Station (formerly called OSA bus station). However, due to inadequacy of office space, it was again moved to Sunyani Municipal Assembly. Currently, the Command is temporarily located at a premise owned by the Public Works Department (PWD) directly opposite Ghana Audit Service (i.e between Ghana Water Company and Ghana Highways Authority). It shares the same premises with the Sunyani Municipal Fire Station, Ghana Ambulance Service and Regional Stores of Ghana Health Service. The permanent structure which is located at Sunyani Magazine is still under construction.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS OF FIRE STATIONS IN THE REGION

STATIONS                                        EMERGENCY NUMBERS

1.  SUNYANI                          -           03520-27129/0500363328

2.  TECHIMAN                      -           03520-91666/0299340588

3.  WENCHI                           -           03520-96136/0201076781

4.  BEREKUM                        -           03521-96237/0299340914

5.  BECHEM                           -           0200776233/0299340907

6.  DUAYAW/NKWANTA    -           03521-94114/0299341170

7.  HWIDIEM                        -           03223-995921/0299341172

8.  DORMAA AHENKRO      -           03521-94152/0299340917

9.  KWAME DANSO            -           0202499675/0299341199

10. ATEBUBU                        -           0201667207/0299340909

11. GOASO                             -           0507107021/0299340906

12. YEJI                                  -           0205759286/0299340254

13. SAMPA                            -           0505682820/0299341237

14. YEFRI                               -           0201319379/0299341243

15. SEIKWA                           -           03521-96069/0299341236

16. KINTAMPO                     -           0507504844/029931241

17. JAPEKROM                     -           0503420616/0299341242

18. BANDA                            -           03521-97829/0299340912

19. NKORANZA                    -           0202266612/0299340908

20. NSOATRE                        -           03521-97857/0299341230

21. KENYASE                        -           0299341221/0299341234

STAFF STRENGTH

The current staff strength of the Command stands at 628 personnel which comprises 429 Male personnel and196 Female personnel respectively.  Also, there are 61 Senior Officers compared to 564 Junior Officers in the Command.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY THE REGIONAL COMMAND

  •  The operations department organizes routine refresher training programmes for operational men in conjunction with the Human Resource and Training Department to update and refresh the operational knowledge of personnel and in order to sharpen their skills.  Courses undertaken include routine Duties, Familiarization of Equipment, Pumps and Primers, First Aid (Done in collaboration with the National Ambulance Service) among several others.
  • The Regional Fire Commander organizes press briefings at the beginning of every year to inform the media about our activities done for the previous year, giving statistics to support his assertions and outlay the programme intended for the current year.
  • Bi-weekly briefings are also held by departmental heads.
  • The Rural Fire Department organizes, prepares and trains Fire Volunteers to assist the Service combat bush fires before, during and after the dry season.  This training is routine and is organized frequently by the Department.  This has led to a drastic reduction in bush Fire outbreaks in the Command.
  • The Human Resource Department organizes attachment for students of UENR on the theoretical foundation of Fire and Allied Disaster Management to enable them understands the operations of the Service.  They are taken through practical fire drills.  The Department also develops manuals for personnel who are invited to participate in training programmes.  These manuals are used as reference materials for personnel. An intensive two day training workshop was organized for Municipal and District Deputy Fire Commanders from February, 28th to 1st March, 2017.  The areas covered included:
  • Fire investigation
  • Scene assessment
  • Incident command system (ICS)
  • Introduction to fire service administration
  • Role of modern technology in fire management
  • Station routine duties
  • Ranks and responsibilities.
  • Syndicate work
  • OPERATIONAL OFFICERS, WATCH LEADERS, DRIVERS AND COMMUNICATORS
  • Four different refresher courses were also organized for the above cluster of people with the view of building their capacity. Areas that were covered in these courses included the following:
  • Incident  command system
  • Fire report writing
  • Station routine duties
  • SOPs/SOGs
  • Crew management and discipline
  • The Audit, Account and Finance Department also undertake their routine duties of inspecting books and receipt at all the stations within the Command.
  • The Safety Department organizes educational campaigns at public and private institutions, Markets, Lorry parks, Fuel stations, Schools, Communities, and Garages etc.  The Department also engages in educational talks on the various local radio stations and community information centers.  In collaboration with the Road Safety Authority, the department organized workshops and seminars for Municipal and District Assembly drivers of Non – governmental organizations.  Frequent educational programmes are also organized for LPG. Dealers within the Command.
  • The Command is also blessed with a very vibrant ICT and Research Department. Some of the departments exploits include a workshop organized for fuel station attendants and managers held at GNAT Hostel, Sunyani. Major observations and findings were presented to management to support decision making.
  • An assessment of fire certification and safety standards of hotels in the Sunyani Municipality was researched into. The main objective of this study was to among others examine safety standards of hotels in Sunyani Municipality. Findings and recommendations from this study were submitted to management.
  • A research was also conducted into the response rate of operational men of the Service covering a period of three months.  In this study, the researcher sought to evaluate the response rate of the operational men and the level of professionalism exhibited by the operational men. Sunyani Municipality was used as a case study for this study.
  • The department was able to compile names of both private and Government institutions per their fire certification status in the region. This is to help have accurate database of the various institutions and to easily track their fire certification status thereby improving the IGF the Service generates.
  • The department was also able to develop Bulk SMS application to enhance timely and accurate information dissemination to personnel. The System is currently managed by the Research and IT department.
  • Due to the proactiveness of the Transport Department, all District and Municipal Fire Stations within the Command have commissioned appliances.
  • The Regional Welfare band also known as the “192” band has been in existence for three years.  They have proven to be very popular in the region.  Due to this, they are engaged every week performing at various funerals, parties, and institutional programmes.
  • A send off prograrmme is organized every year for retired Officers of the Command.  This event is exclusive to the Command as it is not done in any other region.    

 

ADOI. RUTH MENSAH -TANDOH

(REGIONAL P.R.O)

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