Mr Ambrose Dery (left), the Minister for the Interior, presenting the Overall Best Recruit award to RFW Veronica Ababio Aggrey at the event[/caption] Government has given clearance for the recruitment of 1,000 personnel into the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) this year to augment its staff strength. The Minister of the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery, who announced this Friday, said the move was to ensure that the service had the required human resource to maintain fire safety at all levels. “This will improve the firemen to citizen ratio of one is to 4,303 (1:4303) which is currently unacceptable per the United Nations standard of 1:800,” he said. Graduation He was speaking at the passing out parade of Recruit Course 48 at the Fire Academy and Training School (FATS) in Accra. The graduation parade saw 398 recruits, comprising 299 males and 99 females who were taken through drills, equipment handling, practical attachment and other nuances of fire fighting, pass out. The graduation of the recruits brings the number of personnel of the GNFS to 7,900. Retooling Mr Dery announced that the government had approved the procurement of two hydraulic platforms that would help the GNFS to access high rise buildings extending beyond 15 floors. “The government is aware of the challenges confronting the GNFS and is determined to retool the service with the aim of transforming it into an institution capable of delivering world-class fire and rescue service. “We are in talks with the service regarding the supply of other essential equipment and resources for a smooth operation,” he said. Mr Dery gave an assurance that the government was also committed to equipping the GNFS with modern fire-fighting equipment that would make it render service that could be compared to that of their counterparts in developed countries.