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ANZ partners with ‘Firewise Fiji’

Written By : Ritesh Kumar National Fire Authority. Increased fire prevention awareness is the goal of “Firewise Fiji” National Fire Authority (NFA) awareness campaign which started on December 8, 2010
22 Jan 2011 12:00

Written By : Ritesh Kumar National Fire Authority. Increased fire prevention awareness is the goal of “Firewise Fiji” National Fire Authority (NFA) awareness campaign which started on December 8, 2010 in the media.
The campaign actions include promoting fire safety and increased fire safety awareness in the country. The disturbing increase in the number of fires over the years is of great concern.
This campaign focuses awareness of fire dangers and encourages the public, family members, and stakeholders to take more responsibility for the security of their own homes, offices and buildings from the dangers of fires.
ANZ Bank’s partnership towards this fire safety initiative is a timely response to the mitigation of structural fires in the country.
ANZ’s partnership enabled the National Fire Authority to publish fire safety messages in three main languages English, i-Taukei and Hindi in the daily newspapers.
Education is essential to reducing fires in the country and fire safety begins at our homes. Family members need to know about fire preventative measures and what to do when there is a fire in their homes.
Since the start of this awareness campaign the Authority has noticed a reduction in the number of structural fires.
The Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua said: “Government through the National Fire Authority is committed to reduce structural fires in the country by at least fifty per cent of the number of structure fires in 2010.
“The increasing number of fire incidents is a concern to Government. The NFA has been directed to minimise the fire occurrence through an effective awareness campaign.
“My ministry will continuously work with the National Fire Authority to support and create enabling environment so NFA can continually enforce fire safety awareness in the country through media initiatives”, Colonel Saumatua said.
NFA chairman John Low said – “The reduction in structural fires in the new year will result in positive multiplier effect to the nation.
“Structural fires incur huge economic loss amounting to millions of dollars. In the year 2010, National Fire Authority attended 216 structural fires.
“However since the start of this ‘Firewise Fiji’ fire safety awareness campaign there has been a significant reduction in the number of structural fires for the Month of December and into the first two weeks of January 2011.
“NFA attended 22 structure fires in December 2009 in comparison to December 2010 the Authority attended four structure fires. During the month of January 2011 to date, the Authority attended four structural fires compared to 25 fires for the month of January 2010”, Mr Low said.
“The significant reduction in fires since the start of this awareness campaign is attributed to the media organisations playing a major role in partnership with ANZ to create awareness on fire safety.
“This joint effort and partnership is critical if we are to reduce fire occurrences and fire damages in the country,” Mr Low said.


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