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Members of Dance Group Lose All In Fire

The owner of VOU Dance Fiji, Sachiko Soro, blames the extent of the fire damage on an ineffective national communication system.
11 Jun 2019 12:26
Members of Dance Group Lose All In Fire
A home housing VOU Dance Fiji Ltd Dancers in Navo, Nadi, goes up in flames. Photo: Sachiko Soro/Facebook

A home housing dancers of VOU Dance Fiji Ltd in Navo, Nadi, went up in smoke on Sunday night.

The owner of VOU Dance Fiji, Sachiko Soro, blames the extent of the fire damage on an ineffective national communication system.

Unfortunately, Ms Soro and the dancer’s experience is something that has been experienced by other Fijians. The Fiji Sun recently published two stories detailing the pitfalls in the country’s emergency communication system.

The Telecommunications Authority of Fiji (TAF), which is responsible for distributing numbers, called for the implementation of a single national emergency number along with a national call centre to man it.

In response to these claims and stories similar to that of Ms Soro’s, the Ministry of Communications said they were open to TAF’s idea, but that the issue wasn’t something that they were aware of. However, as the latest victim of the current communication system, Ms Soro agrees with TAF.

“I just feel like there needs to be more public awareness about emergency numbers and maybe a national call centre where it’s one number so that everyone just has to remember one number,” said Ms Soro.

“When you’re in an emergency, you’re not thinking clearly already, so when you have to remember multiple numbers it’s hard,” she said.

She described her and the dancers’ frustrating and time-consuming efforts trying to get in contact with the National Fire Authority (NFA).

“None of us knew what the fire number was. We were frantically trying to call any combination of emergency numbers we could think of,” she said.

“We were all panicking and distraught.”

She said she also checked NFA’s website, but couldn’t find a contact information there either.

The distraught group was finally able to get through to the NFA after a neighbour contacted the Police who gave them the NFA’s number.
Fundraiser

VOU Dance Fiji Ltd will hold a performance on June 21 at the Fun Hub Fiji to fundraise money to help the dancers affected by the fire.

Tickets to the show is $80 each and also includes food and non-alcoholic drinks. They can be purchased by calling 6700-693 or emailing razesi@VOUFiji.com.

The NFA is currently conducting an investigation into the fire, but Ms Soro said the fire had spread from a nearby house.

The Fiji Sun sent questions concerning the fire to the NFA but they have yet to respond.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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