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Economic development entails good fortune

Written By : RITESH KUMAR. In every economic development which took place in the country there are unfolding trend of events to cherish. Economic development entails good fortune for the
29 Jan 2011 12:00

image Written By : RITESH KUMAR. In every economic development which took place in the country there are unfolding trend of events to cherish. Economic development entails good fortune for the country and its people.
Last week on Friday, the Ba community witnessed the official opening of the Ba Fire Station by the Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua.
During his address Colonel Saumatua resonated Government’s theme of enhancing economic growth and inclusive development through private -public partnership.
“All parties including employers, employees, the business community, the public need to effectively collaborate to arrive at tangible and practical solutions which will provide sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the country,” Colonel Saumatua said.
He acknowledged the establishment of the National Fire Authority’s Ba Fire Station, which is a key service provider to Ba Town’s social, economic and environmental growth.
“NFA plays a critical role in protecting Fiji’s economic investment from the damaging effects of fire and its key focus in ensuring economic stability and growth involves close interaction and collaboration with all stakeholders”, Colonel Saumatua said.
“NFA’s emergency service has diversified from only fire fighting to include other emergency responses such as flood water rescue and evacuation, road accident rescue, hazardous material response, urban search and rescue, paramedic emergency ambulance service, and assisting during natural disasters. This has increased NFA’s resilience to emergency incidents.
“Early response to a fire minimises the damage because the fire is put out before it gets out of hand and the same principle is applied to all other emergencies,” Colonel Saumatua continued. The latest inclusion of the emergency ambulance service has propelled the National Fire Authority’s service delivery into the next level of emergency response.
“In recent years, significant efforts have been made by the National Fire Authority to improve its infrastructure, resource efficiency and capability.
“To achieve this, the Cabinet at its meeting last week approved the sourcing of capital and donor funding to quickly improve NFA’s station facilities, vehicle fleet and equipment,” Colonel Saumatua said.
NFA board chairman John Low said – Ba has undergone various phases of development over the years. Ba fire station is designed to cater for the rapidly developing district and its neighbouring communities.
“NFA’s priority is to protect the lives and properties of people from fires and other emergencies and the joint partnership effort by the Ba Community and the National Fire Authority will help address fire safety and other critical emergency issues. This joint partnership is critical if we are to reduce fire occurrences and fire damages in the country,” Mr Low said.
“The National Fire Authority will continue to echo the directives of Government to enhance economic growth by minimising unnecessary fire occurrences.”
Ba Town Council special administrator Arun Prasad said the Ba Fire Station is the pride for the community of Ba.
“We are grateful that the station is officially opened by the Minister. Major commercial developments in recent years took place in Ba town such as newly opened Jack’s of Fiji and the Morris Hedstrom complex located in the Ba town.
“NFA Ba Fire Station over the years has successfully protected the businesses in Ba town and the community from the damaging effects of fires”, Mr Prasad said.
“NFA’s presence in Ba town provokes more development in Ba town and the neighbouring communities,” he added.

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