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Ghana National Fire Service Trains Sekondi Journalists on Fire Safety and Emergency

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The Western Regional Command of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) recently organized a fire safety and emergency training program for selected journalists from Sekondi. The objective of the training was to equip the journalists with vital information on the operations of the GNFS, including its enactment, appliance dispatch, emergency management, fire certification, and acquisition of fire reports.

During the opening of the training program, the Fire Commander, Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFOI) Mr Frederick Ohemeng, emphasized the importance of the media in educating the public on the roles of the GNFS and the need for public recognition of the sacrifices of firefighters. He explained that the training was intended to seek media support in educating the public to recognize the sacrifices of firefighters and the fallen heroes.

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ACFO Ohemeng noted that firefighters worked under challenging conditions, especially with inadequate resources, but they were always ready, 24 hours daily, for action, without enjoying any comfort. He, therefore, called on the public to support firefighters and avoid insulting them, adding that firemen had public sympathy in other jurisdictions.

The GNFS plays a critical role in the technical committees of district assemblies, and as a regulator, it issues permits for infrastructure, particularly public places like hotels, hospitals, and factories. The workshop was, therefore, carefully set out for the media to improve reportage, correct some misconceptions among the public, and build good friendships.

For the most part, the training was well-received, with one of the participants, Ms Veronica Baffour, describing it as very educative and an eye-opener for her as a professional. She added that the training had empowered her to communicate better and more accurately about the GNFS and its operations to the public.

In conclusion, the GNFS deserves the support and recognition of the public for the sacrifices they make to protect lives and properties. The media has an essential role to play in educating the public about the GNFS and correcting misconceptions about their operations.

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