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Fiji Red Cross Head Outlines Plans For Centres In Maritime Zones

Fiji Red Cross Head Outlines Plans For Centres In Maritime Zones
The Fiji Red Cross Society office under construction in Koro Island. Photo: DEPTFO News
May 17
11:00 2017


People in the maritime zones will be able to access the services provided by the Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS), as new offices are being built in the maritime areas.

FRCS director general Filipe Nainoca confirmed this. He said the Australian-funded Resilient Fiji Project would help strengthen FRCS preparedness in the country’s Eastern, Northern, Western and Central divisions with a focus on maritime zones.

The new office locations he said would act as Emergency Operations Centres.

“The new storage facilities will contain disaster supplies in Rotuma, Koro, Vanuabalavu, Lakeba, Rabi and Kadavu, this will enable these locations to act as Emergency Operations Centres,” Mr Nainoca said.

From these locations, Mr Nainoca, said FRCS would be able to conduct preparedness activities before a disaster, as well as support humanitarian response efforts after a disaster.

The location of the FRCS Branch on Koro Island is located in front of the Roko Tui Koro’s office and beside the Police Station in Nasau.

Mr Nainoca said the structure includes an office, reception area, conference room, bathroom, toilet, kitchen, mini storage, and two bed-rooms.

These he says will accommodate staff and volunteers who work there.

In Kadavu, the centre is being built in Vunisea with the foundation all placed. He said both Kadavu and Koro centres are expected to open in two weeks.

Roko Tui Koro, Ratu Josefa Sigalolo said the new branch signifies hope for the people of Koro.

“The people of Koro are happy and feel blessed that FRCS has chosen to situate an office in Koro Island. Since Tropical Cyclone Winston FRCS have been a beacon of hope to the people and having there office here in Koro just shows how much they are willing to help us,” Ratu Josefa said.

In Lakeba, Vanuabalavu, Rotuma and Rabi the site has already been identified and building will commence soon.

Mr Nainoca acknowledged the participation of the Australian government and thanked them for their support, and for allowing FRCS to reach parts of Fiji.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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