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Fire effects

Written By : Source: Ritesh Kumar NATIONAL FIRE AUTHORITY. Structural fires have cost the nation millions of dollars. Fighting fires is becoming increasingly expensive. With too many structural properties burning
03 Dec 2010 12:00

image Written By : Source: Ritesh Kumar NATIONAL FIRE AUTHORITY.

Structural fires have cost the nation millions of dollars. Fighting fires is becoming increasingly expensive.
With too many structural properties burning up in our communities across the country, people can no longer ignore fire safety.
At the same time our attitude towards fire safety has increased the frequency of fires.
In any fire incident the priority is to protect human lives and save the property from further destruction and when possible, to keep neighbourhoods from going up in flames.
Efforts are underway to explore various opportunities to enhance fire safety awareness and make definite steps towards the achievement of our corporate vision for a community well prepared and supported to achieve minimal impact from fire and other emergencies.
The 2011 Structural Fire Safety Workshop concluded yesterday at the NFA Training room in Walu Bay, Suva where discussions were held to identify critical areas in structural plans that will strengthen NFA’s regulatory role on structural fire safety compliance.
The challenges for 2011 has been put to NFA by the line Minister, Colonel Samuela Saumatua at the recent Business Plan workshop to reduce the number of fires attended to this year by at least 50%.
“The Minister’s challenge is for all of us here at NFA and one of the proactive approaches towards successfully achieving this challenge was addressed at the SFS Workshop which relates to structural fire safety”, NFA Chairman, Mr John Low said.
“Fires have cost our nation millions of dollars through loss of jobs, loss of properties and loss of revenue from businesses. This year we have seen 11 commercial fires and to date we have a total of 182 structural fires”.
“As our country is rapidly developing the transition area between the rural areas and existing urban areas more residential homes are built near cities/towns.
That’s more homes than in rural areas, and it means a lot more ground for firefighters to protect urban homes”, Mr Low said.
“Today there are simply more residential homes and commercial properties being saved from potential fire damage”, acting chief executive officer, Mr. Jone Koroi said.
“We all need to keep fire safety in mind constantly to ensure that our homes are fire safe. Paying attention to fire safety and fire prevention measures will protect and also minimize the number of homes from turning into ashes”.
“Each individual has to promote fire safety at home first and this will have a multiplier effect at community level and national level.
The same concept is being applied to businesses where building owners and business owners need to ensure that their properties comply with fire safety standards.
The property owners are also encouraged to practice fire safety and have all their staff engaged in fire safety training and fire evacuation drills”, Mr Koroi said.
“The general public needs to cooperate and work together with NFA in preventing unnecessary fires from occurring in the first place.
However, should fire occur in your homes or properties, please immediately alert the fire brigade by calling 911 quickly as soon as the fire starts.
This will enable the fire brigade to arrive early at the fire scene in order to save your property from destruction,” Mr Koroi added.


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