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Ambulances To Assist In Crises

“Our objective is to equip all our fire stations with an ambulance vehicle,” Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala said. The three new ambulances worth
29 Dec 2017 10:00
Ambulances To Assist In Crises
From left: Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Bala inspects one of the three new ambulances handed over to the National Fire Authority with chief fire officer Qionilau Moceitai and Vision Motors manager for fleet business development, Sachin Maharaj at the NFA headquarters in Suva on December 28, 2017. Photo: Ashna Kumar

“Our objective is to equip all our fire stations with an ambulance vehicle,” Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala said.

The three new ambulances worth $269,400 handed over to the National Fire Authority are set to expand the authority’s emergency response services.

Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala handed the keys to NFA chief fire officer Qionilau Moceitai in a handover ceremony at the NFA Headquarters in Suva yesterday.

The ambulances were bought from Vision Motors. They were manufactured in China and are equipped with essential ambulance gear.

The ambulances will service the rural areas and will be stationed at the Suva, Korolevu and Korovou fire stations.

National Fire Authority board chairman John O’Connor (left) joins the NFA chief fire officer Qionilau Moceitai (middle) in receiving the keys of the three new ambulances handed over by the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala on December 28, 2017. Photo: Ashna Kumar

National Fire Authority board chairman John O’Connor (left) joins the NFA chief fire officer Qionilau Moceitai (middle) in receiving the keys of the three new ambulances handed over by the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala on December 28, 2017. Photo: Ashna Kumar

NFA already had six ambulances servicing Nausori, Suva, Valelevu, Sigatoka, Ba and Labasa. The new additions bring the total fleet to nine.

“The Government is pleased to be an integral part in NFA’s emergency ambulance operation,” MrBala said.

“For the first time since 2010, when NFA took over the emergency ambulance service, Government is fully funding the operational expenses for NFA’s ambulance services with the provision of $1.6 million. Our objective is to equip all our fire stations with an ambulance vehicles.”

Meanwhile NFA has attended to 9611 ambulance calls which average 3200 calls per year or 266 calls per month.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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