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Million-Dollar Addition To National Fire Authority Fleet

The million-dollar truck with a water tank capacity of 20,000 litres was blessed and an official handover was done by the Minister of Trade, Tourism, Industries, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar.
24 Sep 2019 11:36
Million-Dollar Addition To National Fire Authority Fleet
Minister for Trade, Tourism, Industries, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar officially hands over the 20,000 litre fire truck to the National Fire Authority. Photo: Shalveen Chand

The biggest addition to the National Fire Authority fleet in Suva was officially received yesterday at the NFA headquarters in Walu Bay.

The million-dollar truck with a water tank capacity of 20,000 litres was blessed and an official handover was done by the Minister of Trade, Tourism, Industries, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar.

The acquiring of the Hino fire truck was made possible through Government grants towards the purchase of equipment.

Mrs Kumar said for successful responses the NFA should have the right equipment.

She said the addition of the 20,000-litre tanker increased the capacity of NFA to be able to attend to fires of greater magnitude.

“The Fijian Government recognises the need to provide security to its citizens by upgrading its services. We are focused on expanding our capacity and services to every part of Fiji,” Ms Kumar said.

“We have taken a number of initiatives to proactively ensure our response to such emergencies are timely and effective.

“In the 2019-2020 National Budget, NFA has been allocated $1 million in capital grant for the procurement of essential fire equipment, fire trucks and apparatus kits to effectively equip firefighters during emergency operations.”

Mrs Kumar said maintenance and upgrade of fire stations ensured NFA’s services were accessible to every Fijian.

She said Suva was one of the most populous cities in the Pacific and the Suva-Lami corridor housed the biggest central business districts, commercial entities, large factories in Walu Bay, port facilities, schools and other large infrastructure.

“This means the likelihood of incidents such as fires and hazardous oil spills are higher. The new 20,000-litre water tanker fire truck will undoubtedly assist NFA in the greater Suva area,” she said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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