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National Fire Authority Gets Savusavu Ambulance

National Fire Authority Gets Savusavu Ambulance
From left: Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Yogesh Karan (left), with National Fire Authority chief executive officer Manasa Lesuma at the ambulance handover in Walu Bay, Suva, on July 25, 2018. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua
July 26
11:00 2018

To improve emer­gency services in the country, the Fi­jian Government yesterday handed over a brand-new ambulance to the National Fire Authority.

The ambulance was donat­ed by the Chinese Govern­ment through the bilateral aid assistance programme.

The Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Yogesh Karan, said the ambulance would be assigned to the new Na­tional Fire Authority Sta­tion in Suvasavu, in fulfil­ment of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s com­mitment to the Northern Di­vision.

“It is pleasing to see the recognition and response of the people towards NFA’s emergency ambulance ser­vice provision,” he said.

“While the coverage has yet to reach all the commu­nities, it is Government’s plan, as well as that of the National Fire Authority, to ensure that essential ser­vices expand into all the areas.”

NFA’s chief executive of­ficer, Manasa Lesuma, re­ceived the ambulance on behalf of the authority. He acknowledged Govern­ment’s initiative.

Mr Karan further said: “To the fire officers who will be manning this emergency service around the country, allow me to encourage you in saying our gratitude for the lives you save during the course of ambulance duty. “It can never be expressed by mere words, but the sat­isfaction that you get as the service provider will have an everlasting effect.

“It is therefore very impor­tant for Government and the National Fire Author­ity to ensure that NFA is well equipped to enable its people to effectively and ef­ficiently deliver such emer­gency services to the Na­tion.”

Statistics have revealed that from 2015 to May 2018, the NFA attended 10,799 am­bulance calls an average of 2694 calls per annum.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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