A group of personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) are currently in Malta receiving training in new techniques in firefighting.
A total of 40 GNFS officials are benefiting from the initiative.
It is expected that the Ghanaian firefighters will receive a week’s training ranging from using breathing apparatus, fire behaviour and approaches to different fire settings.
Citinewsroom.com understands that the Ghanaian firefighters are receiving the training in batches.
The programme according to Maltese Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, is part of Malta’s efforts to share capabilities and build capacity within Sub-Saharan countries that Malta is cultivating bilateral relations with.
Abela explained during a meeting with the GNFS officials that the programme is also aimed at providing opportunities and empowerment in countries such as Ghana.
He said the opportunities include sponsorships to Ghanaian students for Masters level studies at the University of Malta and banking courses run by the Central Bank of Malta to Gambian central bankers.
On the current activity, Abela explained that, “This initiative was an attestation of the role Malta wants to play in collaborating with Ghana in its endeavours of safeguarding the well-being of its nation, as a means of strengthening the excellent ties between the two countries. This builds on the recent opening of respective High Commission offices in Valletta and Accra.”
Also addressing the event was the Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Michael Farrugia.
Farrugia explained that this was the second contingent of Ghanaian firefighters who were receiving further training from Malta.
Ghana and Malta sign Memoranda of Understanding
The Governments of the Republic of Ghana and Malta in March 2019 signed five Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of partnerships between the two countries.
This signing ceremony took place when the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo paid an official visit to Malta where he held bilateral talks with his Maltese counterpart, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.