Malta invests €30K to train new set of Ghanian firefighters

DOI/Clodagh O'Neill Farrugia

Malta has provided €30K towards the training of a new set of Ghanian firefighters through Malta’s own Civil Protection Department (CPD).

It is expected that the Ghanian firefighters will receive a week of training ranging from using breathing apparatus, fire behaviour and approaching different fire settings.

The training programme is understood to be part of the country’s commitment to the Official Development Assistance programme.

This is a programme which according to the 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.

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Abela explained during the event at CPD’s ground in Ħal Far that the ODA programme was also aimed at providing opportunities and empowerment in the region.

This has so far also included sponsorships to Ghanian 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, Minister 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 wellbeing 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. Minister Farrugia explained that this was the second contingent of Ghanian firefighters that were receiving further training from CPD.