The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) on Friday exhibited excellent display during the graduation ceremony of the fire service cadet intake 10, at Army Recruit Training School at Shai Hills in Accra.
The 118 officer cadets that constituted four contingents undertook rigorous training in fire safety, first aid, bush fires, fire drills and foot drills.
The Fire Service Band exhibited a well rehearsed slow and quick march past to the delight of the audience with music tune titled ‘ I will praise my maker, ‘Duke of york’, ‘The land and sea’.
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, the Reviewing Officer, inspected the parade, accompanied by the Chief Fire Officer and the Commandant with melodious song from the fire service band tiltled ‘This the day’.
The grandaunts swore oath administered by Reverend Hughes Lartey, the Ghana Fire Service Training School Chaplain, and awards were presented to cadet who distinguished themselves during training programme.
Officer Cadet Charles Kwaku Mensah was adjudged the overall best recruit cadet, while Officer Cadet Karim Abdulaie was the best in academic and Officer Cadet William Sackey was the best in foot drill.
Other dignitaries present were Mr William Aboah, Minister of Interior, Mr Kobby Acheampong, Deputy Minister of Interior and directors of the GNFS.
The GNFS was formed in 1963 by an Act of Parliament and in 1997; the service was re-established to expand its functions to modern trends in fire fighting, prevention and safety.
Its objectives is to manage and prevent undesired fires, thereby reducing loss of lives and property by enforcement of safety measures in national strategic installations and responding to promptly to fire disasters.