IDP Ghana

IDP Country Category – High Level
WRO Membership Status – Level 2


In 2003, the UKRO was approached to provide support to the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS). As a result, a team of UKRO visited Ghana in 2003 to provide GNFS personnel with this training. Advice on operational command, technical fire safety, first aid, breathing apparatus and aerial appliance training was also given.

The UKRO IDP returned again in 2004, the aim of the visit was to carry out a training needs analysis at the GNFS Fire Academy in the capital, Accra. From this a comprehensive report, setting out the findings and recommendations, was published to assist both the GNFS and the Ghanaian Government.

The visit also saw the donation of five frontline fire appliances, one aerial ladder, a minibus and much-needed rescue equipment and personal protective clothing to GNFS.

In 2005 a third visit took place to assess the impact of the first two years’ training. The team witnessed significant improvements, with GNFS personnel demonstrating a high degree of technical and practical competence as a result of the training.

The principle work undertaken in 2007 was the provision of 100 reconditioned hydraulic rescue kits and their distribution throughout Ghana. At the same time Ghanaian instructors trained under this project rolled out training across Ghana.

The IDP assisted by the World Rescue Organisation has helped form strong partnerships with key organisations, including the World Health Organisation, the Global Road Safety Partnership and Ghana Road Safety Commission, to reduce road deaths in Ghana.

In 2008 Ghana held its first national rescue challenge, with the winners, a team from the Volta region, going on to represent Ghana at the 2008 World Rescue Challenge in Wales.

Throughout this project the British High Commission and several UK fire and Rescue services have assisted with the provision of trainers, their funding and shipment costs.

Next Steps

Categorised as a High Level project, the work in Ghana was always anticipated to run for several years in order to ensure sustainability in Road Rescue and Care. The project has achieved many of its goals and now enters a new stage of developing the Rescue Challenge Concept (RCC) and reviewing existing work. It is envisaged that Ghana will fully embrace the RCC across the country and in the future host a World Rescue Challenge.

Meet the Team

Rob MacDougall is a Group Manager with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue having joined the service in 1998. He has worked with project since 2003 firstly as a team member before taking on the team manager role. Rob had an extended period in Ghana in 2007 when he worked directly to the Ghana National Fire Service.