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PM Announces Pay Rise for Firefighters

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced the implementation of the Job Evaluation and Salary increments for the staff members of the National Fire Authority. It was during a special announcement at
23 Dec 2017 11:44
PM Announces Pay Rise for Firefighters
National Fire Authority firefighters and staff members celebrate after the announcement at Korovou Fire Station on December 22, 2017. Photo: National Fire Authority

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced the implementation of the Job Evaluation and Salary increments for the staff members of the National Fire Authority. It was during a special announcement at the Korovou Fire Station yesterday.

As a result of the Job Evaluation, the 436 staff of the National Fire Authority will be awarded an increase in their base salaries. 

This primarily involves an overall average increase of 21 per cent and brings the salaries of the firefighters in alignment to their redefined roles and responsibilities. 

Mr Bainimarama said: “I firmly believe that National Fire Authority’s greatest asset is its people and it is important that we value our workers as best as possible and commensurate with their respective job roles.

“This pay increase is backdated to 1st August 2017 and the payment that will be processed today amounts to around $564,000.

“The roles and responsibilities of our Firefighters and Fire Officers have evolved over the recent years from purely firefighting to an all-encompassing emergency management service which involves response to Fire, Road Accident Rescue, Hazardous Material response, Flood and Swift water rescue operations, assistance during Natural Disasters and Emergency Ambulance Services.

“The firefighters are also actively involved in community fire safety awareness programmes as it is my Government’s desire that we work together to build up resilience in our communities towards fires and all emergencies.”

Mr Bainimarama thanked the authority for ensuring that this job evaluation was carried out.

“This has resulted in the upgrading of all positions to the Median Range of the All Organisations Market Base Salary Structure. This also involves the adoption of the new Salary Structure for the Authority.

“My Government is very happy that such a job evaluation will now better reflect the value of the work being carried out by our Firefighters, Fire Officers and Support Staff of the National Fire Authority.

“It is good to note the endorsement of a new Performance Management System for adoption by the National Fire Authority that will ensure that staff performances are measured and monitored and that staff are rewarded according to their performance.

“The Performance Management System will also be implemented with effect from 1st August 2017.

“This pay increase is timely for all the Staff of the National Fire Authority as everyone looks forward to the Christmas and New Year festivities.

“I wish all the Staff and Families of the National Fire Authority and the people of this nation a very merry and Fire-Safe Christmas and New Year.”

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