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Fire Academy To Boost Essential Services

Fire Academy To Boost Essential Services
The completed new fire station in Savusavu. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka
July 05
10:00 2018

There are plans to develop a Fire Academy to enhance the provision of essential services in the Northern Division.

This was highlighted by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama when opening the $3.7 million Savusavu Fire Station at Naqelekula, yesterday.

The Fire Academy will be built behind the station, with the project to begin soon.

Mr Bainimarama said the FijiFirst Government valued the wellbeing and safety of all Fijians irrespective of where they lived in Fiji.

“The National Fire Authority will continue to strive and provide easy access to essential services relating to fire response, road accident rescue, hazardous material rescue, flood and swift water rescue, natural disasters rescue and the provision of emergency ambulance services.   

“The new Savusavu Fire Station is the third newly constructed fire station to be opened in the North in a span of one year following the opening of the new Seaqaqa and Taveuni Fire Stations.

The new facility has a conference room, a control room, a fitness gym facility, office space, various storage rooms and, a first of its kind in Fiji – a fireman’s pole.

The pole is supposed to enable the firefighters to slide down quickly from their dormitory located at the top floor, for quick access to the fire trucks in the engine bay when responding to a fire or emergency alarm.

“In fact, Savusavu now has the largest fire station in Fiji and I believe this is an iconic and one of the most modern structures in the Northern Division,”Mr Bainimarama said.

“I believe its completion has come at an opportune time because it will complement the thriving economic opportunities in Savusavu for the protection of investments and economic activities through early mitigation of fires and other emergencies.”

Expansion Plans:

Mr Bainimarama said there were plans to continue the National Fire Authority expansion plans into  another 10 areas.

The  other 10 areas are Navua, Deuba, Sigatoka, Ba, Rakiraki, Korovou, Nadi, Lautoka,  Labasa and Taveuni,

While NFA has permanent presence in most of these areas, some stations still need to be upgraded and such is NFA’s strategic objective.

The Government also requires NFA to move into growth centres such as Navua, Korovou, Nabouwalu, Keiyasi, Vunidawa and Seaqaqa.

“It is pleasing to see much progress being made by the NFA in these areas,’ he said.

“My Government will continue to provide good working facilities for our people, resulting in a happy and productive workforce.”

Mr Bainimarama urged Fijians to take fire safety seriously at their homes and environment.

“I must emphasise that Fire Safety is everyone’s responsibility,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“To our firefighters, who will be working from this new station – serve the communities of Savusavu to the best of your ability and look after your new Fire Station.

“You will be relied upon to provide life-saving services, a responsibility that should be respected at all times.” Edited by Percy Kean

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