Training of Firefighters: A Case for the Provision of Basic And Specialized Facilities

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In the wake of recent fire outbreaks in Ghana which have resulted in the loss of property and in some fatalities, the competence of the Ghana National Fire Service has been brought to the fore, especially with regard to their training. Currently, there is only one firefighting training school in Ghana and as a result, the facilities available (most of which were not purposely designed for the functions to which they are being used) are subjected to a lot of pressure. Through careful studies and analysis of similar fire service facilities in other countries, the standard components required for firefighting training schools in terms of facilities, both basic and specialized are established. The materials and design elements specified for the various buildings in a firefighting training school are also established. This research concludes that firefighting should not be underestimated. Every effort should be made to provide the best and appropriate facilities and environment for its training as this will eventually lead to an overall improvement in the response and performance of firefighters to distress calls. This will ultimately lead to a reduction in the damage and casualties resulting from fire outbreaks in Ghana.
A Thesis submitted to the Department Of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE.