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Veterans Officers Amassing 85 Years Of Services Retire

Veterans Officers Amassing 85 Years Of Services Retire
National Fire Authority staff farewelled three veteran firefighters whose service amassed a total of 85 years of service on December 29, 2017. Photo: NFA
December 31
11:00 2017

The National Fire Authority (NFA) staff on Friday fare­welled three veteran fire­fighters whose service amassed a total of 85 years of service.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Pillay is retiring from the NFA with 37 years of service, Divi­sional Fire Officer Western Go­pal Reddy has served for 26 years and Leading Firefighter Saven­aca Tabualevu is retiring after 22 years of service with the NFA.

The farewell was held at the Nadi Fire Station and the trio will be of­ficially retiring from the author­ity today after reaching the retire­ment age of 55 this year.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Mileta Seniroqa during the fare­well ceremony thanked the three firefighters for their hard work and service to the nation.

“These fire officers have played a very important role in the fire ser­vice and the implementation of the reforms of the National Fire Authority to-date,” Mrs Seniroqa said.

“The three officers retiring today have faithfully served in this pro­fession for more than 20-years and I can only admire them for their loyalty and passion for the fire­fighting profession.”

Leading Firefighter Savenaca Tabualevu was a Volunteer Fire­fighter in 1993 in Nadi and then confirmed in the National Fire Authority in 1995. Mr Gopal Red­dy started his firefighting career with the Council Fire Service in 1991 and he has served 22 years of service with NFA.

“Mr Reddy has been a senior of­ficer since 2006 when he started acting in the position of STO Nadi and later confirmed in that posi­tion in 2009,” Mrs Seniroqa said.

“He was then given the opportu­nity to act as Divisional Fire Offic­er West in 2011 until confirmation of his promotion in 2015.”

Ms Seniroqa said Mr Pillay played a critical role for the NFA.

“Mr Pillay has been a critical part of the NFA as he has been very instrumental in NFA’s jour­ney that started in 1995 when NFA first started its operation, taking over the fire service in the coun­try from municipalities and coun­cils.

“I must acknowledge the sup­port of the spouses and families of each of these officers which has enabled them to carry out their work faithfully,” Ms Seni­roqa said.

Source: National Fire Authority


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