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When I am called to duty God wherever flames may rage Give me the strength to save some life whatever be its age help me embrace a little child Before it is too late or save an older person from the horror of the fate. Enable me to be alert and Hear the weakest shout and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out. I want to fulfil my calling and to give the best in me to guard my every neighbour and protect his property and if according to your will I have to lose my life please bless with your protecting hands my children and my wife. Amen.

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 Our History

In the pre-colonial era, before the existence of Fire Service, fires were controlled by Traditional rulers, using the Asafo Companies (Traditional Soldiers) to combat all kinds of fires in their Communities and localities. 

It was not until 1955 before the Colonial Government found the need to re-organise the various Asafo Companies into vibrant groups to tackle both domestic and bushfires, as there were only a few industries. 

With the restructuring of the political administration of the Gold Coast into the Local Government concept, a lot of the members of the Asafo Companies opted to become employees of the Local Government Institutions in the Country.  In time the responsibility of fire fighting became a duty of the Police Force. 

As towns developed into municipalities, municipal councils as well as some Government agencies with fire hazards formed their fire brigades.  The idea of a National Fire Service was conceived in 1955 when the colonial Government invited Mr. S.M. Charters (ORE) of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Fire Service into the Country and to, among other things, advice on the organisation and establishment of Fire Service in Municipalities and in certain urban towns. 

In 1962, the Government of Ghana employed the Services of a Fire Advisory expert, Mr. G.S. Leader, under the United Kingdom-Ghana Technical Assistance Programme to help formulate a policy on the formation of a National Fire Service which had long been contemplated.  

In 1963 by Act of Parliament (Fire Service Act 1963; Act 219) the Ghana National Fire Service was born from the then fragmented Railways, Ports and Harbours Kumasi City, Accra City, and the Sekondi / Takoradi Municipal Fire Brigades.  These Brigades had hitherto existed as separate entities under government departments or municipal councils.

 The Ghana National Fire Service was established in 1963 by Act 219 with the primary aim of fire fighting and extinguishment, and to render humanitarian services.  Subsequently, in 1997 the Ghana National Fire Service Act (Act 537), was enacted to re-establish the Ghana National Fire Service with the objective for the prevention and management of undesired fires and other related matters with an expanded mandate.


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Induction Ceremony



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