Friday, November 03, 2006

3 Fire Recruits Collapse @ Passing-out Parade

By Stephen Kwabena Effah
Monday, 30 October 2006

THREE Fire Service recruits who were passing out at the Fire Academy and Training School (FATS) in Accra last Friday, collapsed during the parade the start of which was delayed for over an hour.

The three, who collapsed in turns apparently due to the heat from the scorching sun, were rushed to an ambulance of the Ghana Ambulance Service nearby, made available for any such emergency, where they were given treatment.

The reviewing officer, was the Minister for the Interior, Albert Kan-Dapaah. The programme, scheduled to start at 8:30 am, eventually started at 9:58 a.m.

Mr. Kan-Dapaah in his address, called on the recruits to exhibit alertness, ingenuity and foresight to help transform the Ghana Fire Service (GNFS) to ensure effective delivery, stressing that much was expected of the service to cope with new and sophisticated circumstances and situations in the country.

He asked the service personnel to exhibit discipline, humility and selflessness to all manner of people they would come into contact with in the course of their work.

He advised them to offer assistance and within the powers given them by the nature of their appointment adding, "Any attempt to go beyond the confines of the law in the name of offering assistance to the public will not be tolerated."

The minister cautioned those who have joined the service due to certain preconceived notions to shed those negative tendencies since any act of indiscipline and corrupt practices would not be tolerated or condoned.

"You must exhibit uprightness, soundness of character and honesty much more than that you must not compromise the integrity of the service," he said.

Stressing that the service had carved a positive image for itself over the years, he urged the recruits to carry out the duty of positively promoting the image of the service.

He commended the teaching and non-teaching staff of the Academy for the training given the recruits.

Recruit Fireman Godwin Kumedzro, who took three awards out of four, was adjudged the best allround recruit while Recruit Fireman Michael Nii Aryee Quaye won the best in foot-drill award.

The 231 recruits of 185 men and 46 women underwent 18 weeks of training in technical and operational fire fighting.

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