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Fire Station For Coral Coast

In a bid to improve security on properties along the Coral Coast, construction has started for a fire station at Korolevu on the Coral Coast. The Korolevu Fire Station Station
11 Apr 2015 11:19
Fire Station For Coral Coast
The Minister for the Local Government, Housing and Environment, Parveen Kumar (garlanded), with officials and chiefs at the groundbreaking ceremony at Korolevu yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

In a bid to improve security on properties along the Coral Coast, construction has started for a fire station at Korolevu on the Coral Coast.

The Korolevu Fire Station Station is worth $1.2 million.

It will have two fire trucks and an ambulance.

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Parveen Kumar officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday.

“Should the good weather conditions prevail, we should be gathering back here for the opening of the new fire station in September,” Mr Kumar said.

“We are all aware that Korolevu and the Coral Coast have a long history in the tourism sector and have been the backbone in the growth of the tourism industry, likewise in the economic growth of the nation.”

Past fires that destroyed some major properties along the Coral Coast included Korolevu Hotel, Naviti Resort, Natavora Waters Bar and Restaurant and the Warwick Resort.

Mr Kumar said Government firmly believes that fire and other emergency management service should be easily accessible to all Fijians and this fire station would enhance the provisions to serve the area.

“We live in a part of the world where intense weather and are exposed to all types of disasters like cyclones, flooding, tsunami. With the completion of this fire station, emergency service provision will be readily available,” he said.

“The Coral Coast highway too is also well known for some horrific road accidents and firefighters from this station would be able to respond more effectively and efficiently to road accidents with the provision of road accident rescue appliance and an ambulance.”

Mr Kumar reassured businesses and communities in the area that firefighters based in the station would work closely with entrepreneurs to identify and control and mitigates any fire risk.

“They will also work closely with the members of the community in terms of the awareness programmes to ensure the safety of property and lives in villages and settlements,” he said.

Mr Kumar thanked Tui Davujukia, Ratu Emosi Buruavatu and his people for agreeing to lease the piece of land that the station was built on.

“Without your kind heart, goodwill and support, NFA would still be looking for a piece of land for this fire station,” he said.

The wife of Tui Davujukia, Suliana Buruavatu, 62 said the vanua was happy to be involved in a very important project.

“We are thankful for the Government and the stakeholders for improving security for our livelihoods,” said Mrs Buruavatu.

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