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26.08.2005 General News

29 fire officer cadets pass out


Accra, Aug. 26, GNA - Twenty-nine officer cadets of the Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on Friday passed out at a ceremony held at Hunger Three of the Kotoka International Airport.

The cadets made up of 26 men and three women went through 22 weeks of airport fire fighting training that would equip them to command and control practical mission of the service.

In an address, the Director General of the GCAA, Nii Adumansa-Baddo said the RFFS is an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) approved training school for the sub-region and has trained many cadets from other African countries.

He said to ensure that the service maintain excellent fire fighting skills, 37 fire officers have received further training in United Kingdom (UK), Singapore and United State of America whilst other 38 have successfully passed the Institution of Fire Engineers of UK Examinations.

Mr Adumansa-Baddo, who was also the reviewing officer noted that to enable the RFFS to play its role in meeting ICAO standards, the GCAA was in the process of acquiring four new state-of-the-art fire tenders for Kotoka International Airport and haudraulic tools for the regional airports.

He said there had been remarkable improvement in the RFFS aircraft recovery capabilities stresssing, "The SOS call received from Cotonou Airport on June 2004 requesting RFFS Unit to recover a disabled F28 aircraft, which had blocked the only runway as well as the recovery of an F27 aircraft were testimonies to the competency in this area." Four cadets received awards and prizes with the overall best cadet as well as best in drill going to Kodwo Ayia-Ampa while best in academics went to Maxwell Yeboah with Kennedy Kwame-Doe being awarded the Chief Fire Officer and Comfort Blah being adjudged the best female cadet.

Among those present at the ceremony were board members and management of GCAA, the Chief Fire Officer of the Ghana Fire Service, Emmanuel Atinga and representatives of the Air Force.