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High Fire Boost for NFA

The National Fire Authority (NFA) now has the ability to combat high rise building fires. This follows the handing over of a 22-metre ladder fire truck to the authority by
11 Sep 2015 11:49
High Fire Boost for NFA
A 22-metre ladder fire truck which was donated by the Minister for Local Government, Environment and Housing, Parveen Kumar yesterday. Photo: Rama

The National Fire Authority (NFA) now has the ability to combat high rise building fires.

This follows the handing over of a 22-metre ladder fire truck to the authority by Minister for Local Government, Environment and Housing, Parveen Kumar, yesterday.

NFA chief executive officer John O’ Connor said the new fire truck would assist them in high building rescues.

“At the moment, we don’t have any capability for high building rescue and also in terms of fighting in high rise buildings,” he said.

“This is a capacity that will enable us to fight fires more effectively for high rise buildings and also warehouse fires where we can get an elevation and fight the fire downwards.”

He said the provision of the new fire truck would also enable them from preventing fires spread to other properties during the course of a fire.

Two ambulances were also handed over to the authority yesterday.

Mr Kumar said the new fire truck would boost the authority in responding to commercial and industrial fires since the platform would allow firefighters to fight the fire from an elevator or height.

“It is the effectiveness of our fire service coupled with a fully equipped and highly skilled and competent workforce that will provide the necessary assurance to our investors and the business are protected from devastating impact of fires,” Mr Kumar said.

The purchase of the two ambulances and the ladder fire trucks cost about $2 million.

One of the ambulances, he said would be given to the Nausori Fire Station while the second one would be used at the Ba Fire Station.

The ladder fire truck will be based at the Suva Fire Station. They now have a total of six fire trucks.

Two more bigger ladder fire trucks will arrive next month.

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