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MISSION OF GNFS
The Ghana National Fire Service is committed to providing an efficient and valued fire and rescue service to meet statutory required in Act 537 and public expectation.
This will be achieved through appropriate resourcing in terms of equipment, appliances, and premises and by effectively training personnel.
We are confident that we can maintain and improve public safety from fire and other emergencies, thereby protecting the people, industry, crops and the vegetation.
VISION OF GNFS
To prevent and manage undesired fires,thereby reducing loss of lives and properties by enforcement of Fire Safety measures in national strategicinstallations and responding promptly to fire disasters.
FUNCTIONS OF GNFS
The Ghana National Fire Service is mandated to undertake the following functions:
a. Organise public fire education programmes:-
i. To create and sustain awareness of the hazards of fire.
ii. To heighten the role of the individual in the prevention of fire; and
b. Provide technical advice for building plans with regard to machinery and structural layouts to facilitate escape from fire, rescue operations, and fire management;
c. Inspect and offer technical advice on fire extinguisher;
d. Co-ordinate and advise on training of personnel in firefighting departments of other institutions in the country;
e. Train and organize Fire Volunteer Squads at the community level;
f. Offer rescue and evacuation services to those trapped by fire, or in other emergencies; and
g. Undertake any other function incidental to the objectives of the Service.
STRUCTURE OF GNFS
The Service runs a centralised administration with a National Headquarters in Accra and eleven Service Administrative Regions in all the political regions of Ghana.
Tema Region makes up the eleventh region.
Each Fire Service Region has District Fire Stations as well as Fire Posts.
The Service also has a Training Institution, the Fire Academy and Training School (FATS), based in Accra.
In order to ensure effective and efficient management of the GNFS activities, the following Directorates have been created as required by Act 537:
Finance and Administration
Human Resource and Training
Research, Development and Monitoring
Other Directorates may be created as stated in Act 537 to ensure efficiency of operations.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service is the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) who is supported by eight (8) key Directors, mostly of the rank of Deputy Chief Fire Officers (DCFO).
The Director of Operations is however, the second in command in the hierarchy.
Below the Directors are Regional Fire Officers (RFO’s) who are of the rank of Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO).
District Fire Officers (DFO) represents the next line of authority. They are usually of the rank of Divisional Officer Grade One or Two and in some instances Divisional Officer Grade Three (DOI/DOII/DOIII).
At the bottom of the hierarchy of authority are Officers-in-Charge of Fire Post, Watches or Sections at the various Stations.