Several personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) have tendered in their resignation letters, Adomonlline.com can confirm.
The officers, numbering about four hundred and twenty (420) tendered in their resignations in protest of the bad working conditions in the service. This came to light on the Fabewoso Segment of Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ Wednesday.
The poor conditions of service, officers who called in to the show indicated are causing most of their colleagues to consider other options despite some of them having superior knowledge in firefighting. Some of these officers left the service for further studies but they have not been promoted upon return.
Other poor working conditions, including officers being forced to purchase uniforms they put on every Wednesday are making many more of the officers to consider resigning.
According to one of the officers, this uniform is a blue-black one which they have had to purchase from a market woman at Makola in Accra. Officers who dare complain about the poor working conditions are also transferred as punishment.
“Transfer has become a form of punishment in the service now, if you complain, they will transfer you immediately without giving you the transfer grants…,” one of the officers said.
The fire officers, they said also lack boots and have had to spend GHC250.00 of their meager salaries to purchase boots from officers when they return from peacekeeping missions.
An amount of GH?7.00, the officers said is also deducted from their salary into a fund called Fireman Insurance Policy. “We even have to borrow money to pay for our rent because we are never given rent allowances…,” they added.
These and further complains highlighted in the video below has caused many of the officers to consider organizing a massive demonstration against their superiors. Acting Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the GNFS, DO2 Osafo Mfum claimed the facts presented on the show were entirely not correct.
However, when offered the opportunity, he failed to disprove the claims by the officers