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EDITORIAL: A Job Worth Appreciating Gallantry And Bravery Recognised

Recently six National Fire Authority (NFA) of­ficers based at the Labasa Fire Station were awarded a Certificate of Recognition. They retrieved the bodies of the two pilots and the wreckage
09 May 2018 10:10
EDITORIAL: A Job Worth Appreciating Gallantry And Bravery Recognised

Recently six National Fire Authority (NFA) of­ficers based at the Labasa Fire Station were awarded a Certificate of Recognition.

They retrieved the bodies of the two pilots and the wreckage of the Cessna 172 aircraft at the Delaikoro ridge in the Macuata province in March this year.

Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environ­ment, Infrastructure and Transport saluted the offic­ers for their bravery.

The fire officers had just returned from training in Japan and followed the procedures to complete this operation.

They responded to the call of duty.

After an extensive search and the wreckage located, the team reached the site and showed the training they did in the management of the rescue operation.

They went 200 metres down a precarious cliff to reach the ill-fated plane.

All risk management and safety procedures were followed to enable them to secure the bodies.

We must salute them for a job well done.

At the Ba Fire Station, seven officers received Cer­tificates of Recognition for their acts of bravery and responding beyond the call of duty.

These acts of bravery and a display of their train­ing and initiative came to the fore in the recent floods caused by Tropical Cyclone Josie on April 1, 2018.

During the height of the devastating floods, a team of firefighters based at the Ba Fire Station risked their lives when they waded across neck-deep flood­waters to save two pregnant women.

The rescue team waded through flooded sugarcane fields to reach Moto Village where they saw 27-year-old Swastika Archana Raju surrounded by floodwa­ters and in great labour pain.

The rescue team safely carried Ms Swastika out of the floodwaters and put her into the liferaft.

In the middle of this rescue, the team took on an­other emergency call from the flooded neighbouring village of Nasolo.

Here they rescued 24-year-old Ivamere Lewawai, and she was placed safely in the raft with Ms Swas­tika.

These brave fire officers continued to navigate the raft during the worst of the rain and floods.

They took over three hours to get to the fire truck that was awaiting their return on the main road.

The rescue team then transported the two women to the Ba Mission Hospital.

Both gave birth safely.

These gallant fire officers in Labasa and Ba should be praised for the great work they did.

Surely more than just certificates should be given to them.

The key to keeping employees happy in their jobs is to recognise them for their hard work, a new study has found.

A study revealed that nearly half of the workers in a workplace are likely to leave their positions if they didn’t feel appreciated by their manager.

Not all employees are looking for a pat on the back however they should be acknowledged for doing a good job. As all these brave firefighters were.

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