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Fire safety to another level

Written By : SOURCE: NATIONAL FIRE AUTHORITY OF FIJI . Fires are caused by a large variety of things, which include electrical related, unattended cooking, children playing with matches, candles/prayer
11 Dec 2010 12:00

Written By : SOURCE: NATIONAL FIRE AUTHORITY OF FIJI . Fires are caused by a large variety of things, which include electrical related, unattended cooking, children playing with matches, candles/prayer diyas, mosquito coils and etc.
The risk to life and property is always the case it is important that we took the necessary fire prevention measures to avoid unforeseen fire incidents from occurring at first place in our homes or at the workplace.
National Fire Authority (NFA) firefighters spend a tremendous amount of effort trying to help people learn and practice fire safety.
Fires have cost this nation over $100 million in loss of jobs, loss of properties and loss of revenue from businesses.
NFA has rebranded and repositioned itself as an important arm of public safety.
Following Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama Cabinet’s endorsement of NFA’s Strategic Roadmap for fire safety and mitigation in Fiji in 2007, the NFA Board embarked on a strategic roadmap that identified six key strategic elements as priority areas that would enable NFA to achieve its aim to support economic growth and development of our country and to ensure community fire safety and well being of our citizens.
NFA Board chairman John Low says: “ NFA’s Strategic Roadmap sets out Government’s vision for a “whole of Government” integrated approach to fire and emergency service provision and the priorities that Government desires to be addressed over their planning period.
“A key strategy is the need to develop and strengthen partnerships with local stakeholders as well as establish external collaborations with international fire services that can provide support and technical expertise to NFA for the benefit of the people of Fiji,” he said.
“NFA’s future goal is the expansion of Fire Service delivery models.
“This includes proactive approach to fire safety enforcement of fire compliance and enhanced community education, improved service performance, monitoring and reporting for accurate analysis of statistics and emerging trends, partnerships and strong stakeholder relations and sustainable funding arrangements.
“Given the expanded role of the NFA, it has now gone to develop links with Asian countries to enhance its infrastructure development, embracing Government’s Look North Policy”, Mr Low added.
NFA chief fire officer Tupou Saubulinayau said: “Preparation is the key to a positive outcome.
“Planning in advance and discussing the risk of fire with all the members of your family can reduce a fire occurrence in the first place and also increase your chances of survival if one does break out”.
On Monday, NFA started fire safety awareness campaigns in the media to raise awareness on fire safety.
“The theme for this campaign is: “Firewise Fiji” which will run for eight weeks,” Mr Saubulinayau said.
“NFA would like to thank ANZ for funding the production of high quality visual, audio and print advertisements for placement in all media in support of the need to enhance fire safety awareness in the country.
“ANZ partnership towards this fire safety initiative is a timely response to the mitigation of fires at this critical time.
“The fire safety awareness messages will be published in three main languages English, Fijian and Hindi.
“The most important things in life are the safety of our loved ones and the protection of our home and belongings. Partnerships with the stakeholders plays an important role which will enhance the fire safety awareness in the country”, Mr Saubulinayau said.
“If we all work together and continue to support one another we will achieve our aims and get the best outcomes for our communities.
“To do this we all need to start at our own homes.
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 are encouraged to practice fire safety and have all their staff engaged in fire safety training and fire protection drills.
“People should know about fire safety preventative measures and most importantly to call 911 for the Fire Brigade should a fire occur.
“Also remember to give the exact address of the property on fire to the Fire Brigade”, Mr Saubulinayau said.


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