Establishment of the School

The Rescue and Fire Fighting Service Training School was established in 2003 as a training arm of the Fire Section of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.

The management of the training school was handed over to the Ghana Airports Company Limited which was established in 2006 after the decoupling of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.

In a bid to ensure that the training programs meet national and international needs for operational and top-level management personnel in both commerce and industry, they have been designed to conform to International Civil Aviation Organization’ (ICAO) standards and recommended practices.

The Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) Training Centre has since established a reputation for its high professionalism and realistic fire scenarios.

Objective of the School

The school seeks to provide a world class rescue and firefighting and emergency response and training to enhance overall efficiency of professionals in the fire service industry.

Past Participants

The training centre has grown from merely taking care of training needs of its staff to that of other institutions in Ghana as well as countries in Central and Western Africa.

The school has trained personnel from renowned organizations such as Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Ghana Ports and Harbor Authority (GPHA), Volta River Authority (VRA), Tarkwa Gold Mines, Anglo-gold Ashanti,Ghana Airforce among others.

It has also offered training to personnel from African countries suck as Malawi, Sierra Leon, Benin, Cote D’Iviore and currently has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with one of the biggest fire schools in Africa ERSI in Douala, Cameroon.


The Rescue Fire Fighting Service Training School provides training in the following areas:

Participants are given firsthand experience in handling emergencies using advanced training simulators.

Class size is kept to ensure personalized attention and safety at all times during training.

The instructors are all practicing firefighting and rescue professionals. For most of the training programmes, hand on, true-to-life simulated exercises make up 70% of the training.

A comprehensive range of fire is designed to fully train and test firefighting and safety skill of participant. The simulators are maintained at dedicated fire training grounds where participants undergo true-to-life simulated exercises involving undercarriage fires, internal cabin fires, aircraft engine fires, smoke-filled chambers, pressure-fed fuel fires, heat filled chambers, and flash over fires.

Target Groups

The training programmes are designed for personnel of Airport Authorities, Airlines crews, Civil Defense Organizations, Aircraft Ground Engineers, National Fire Service, Petrochemical Industries, Hotels, Restaurants and Mining Industries etc.

Commercial Training Programmes for 2018:

Courses Duration Month
Crew Command 5 Days 26th -30th March 2018
Fire Ground Leadership 5 Days 23th -27th April 2018
Watchroom Operations and Incident Reporting 5 Days 4th -8th June 2018
Watch Command 10 Days 11th -22rd June 2018
Breathing Apparatus Instructors 10 Days 9th -20th July 2018
Structural Fire Fighting, Confined Space Rescue/Hazmat 5 Days 23rd -27th July 2018
Incident Command and Control Workshop 5 Days 6th -10th August 2018
Fire Ground Leadership 5 Days 20th – 24th August 2018
Fire Investigation Workshop 5 Days 3rd -7th September 2018
Emergency Management Workshop 5 Days 24th-28th September 2018
Helipcoter Fires 5 Days 1st -5th October 2018
Fire Safety Management Workshop 5 Days 8th -12th October 2018
Breathing Apparatus Wearers 5 Days 5th -9th November 2018
Advanced Fire Safety and Administration Course 4 Weeks 5th-30th Nov. 2018
OPerational Response to Hazardous Materials 5 Days On Request
Dangerous Goods Awareness Course 5 Day On Request
Fire Safety Course for Cargo Agents 1 Day On Request
Cabin Crew Course 1 Day On Request

Aircraft Recovery Service

The Rescue and Fire Fighting Service also provides worldwide Aircraft recovery services involving low pressure lift-bags and winching systems for a fee.

The RFFS section has the capacity for aircraft recoveries for up to Boeing 747-400 series and has in the recent past undertaken the following reveries:

  • As part of our training and familiarizing with the equipment, the recovery team on the 31 July 2003 conducted a full lift exercise on the Ghana Airways DC9.
  • On the 21st august 2004, a Ghana Airforce F27 dropped on its belly blocking the only runway of KIA. Recovery lasted for 42/2 hrs.
  • An MK cargo DC8 had a defective hydraulic system which affected the undercarriage affecting further movement on the taxi way. It took the Recovery team 11/2hours to undertake a single point lift recovery operation.
  • 6th June 2004, an air Ivoire aircraft F28 on landing skidded off the only runway of Benin International Airport. The Recovery arrived in Benin on 8th June and revered the Disabled aircrafts in an operation that lasted for 4 hours.
  • The team successfully recovered a Citylink Aircraft SAAB 340A on August 16th, 2006, which had a collapsed nose wheel on the take off.
  • On the 14th of June 2007 Atlas Air Boeing 747-200 series which was off-leading the new Ghana cedi currencies tilted back with the tail part of the fuselage touching the ground. This left the nose wheel of the aircraft hanging 5m above the ground at the Aviance cargo bay, KIA.
  • 7. The team on 11/07/07 recovered a VIP Aircraft B737 at the Kotoka international Airport Airforce Base. The aircraft landed safely and was taxing to the bay, unfortunately the aircraft got stuck as a result of the soft nature of the ground.

RFFS Training School

Ghana Airports Company Limited


Kotoka International Airport

Accra Ghana

Tel: +233 0244680499 / 0208303134 / 0244745297