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We Owe You One! NFA Officers Rise To The Occasion In Rescue Mission

We Owe You One! NFA Officers Rise To The Occasion In Rescue Mission
April 03
15:28 2018

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge the brave men and women who work for the National Fire Authority.

When the entire Ba communities were reeling from the effects of flash flooding, we saw six brave men from the authority risking it all to save people stranded at various places, clinging for their lives.

These men are much more than firefighters as we saw in recent months. They are on the frontline of a number of rescue missions. We saw their bravery when Cessna 172 crashed. We saw their bravery again on April 1.

They are rarely acknowledged by members of the public. No one stops to thank them for risking their lives, leaving behind their own families and rushing off to save others’ families.

Take, for example, the six men who carried two heavily pregnant women to safety. They swam across flooded cane farms, trekked through mud and after three hours managed to get the two women to Ba Mission Hospital.

We as a nation need to come together to applaud the gallant efforts of men such as these fire officers. We don’t do it enough. After taking the two women to safety, the officers took off to save other families. They swam, ran, trekked did everything they could so that they (other family members) remained safe.

They are the real heroes of the recent flooding disaster, they are the real heroes of Tropical Cyclone Josie.

While we acknowledge the heroes we also need to reflect on what we can do to make their lives easier.

People still crossed flooded creeks, children were still jumping into creeks while it rained heavily, a number of people left their homes to go out to see what was happening around them. In the process, they got stranded in flood waters.

We need to get our act together as well. We are responsible for our own actions and no matter how many warnings are issued, if people are not ready to change their way of thinking, we will continue to lose lives during natural disasters.

Police officers also need to be commended for policing deserted towns and cities. But there were people who still thought it was all right to break into shops by taking advantage of the weather.

This is sad. Such opportunistic crimes at times when the nation is reeling from natural disasters are inhumane. A number of shops in Ba were broken into. It is sad that people think they can do that because in their minds, no one is watching.

While we applaud our National Fire Authority braves, please take a moment to think about your actions as well. To every member of the National Fire Authority – we salute you.

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