Mobile emergency operations vehicle

David Williams (front) shows the new mobile operations vehicle to permanent secretary for Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development & National Disaster Management Meleti Bainimarama (right) and Christoph Wagner of the European Union yesterday. Picture:

David Williams (front) shows the new mobile operations vehicle to permanent secretary for Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development & National Disaster Management Meleti Bainimarama (right) and Christoph Wagner of the European Union yesterday. Picture:

IN an effort to strengthen national co-ordination during disasters, the National Disaster Management Office was provided with a mobile emergency operations centre (MEOC) yesterday valued at $59,000.

Permanent secretary for Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, Disaster Management Meleti Bainimarama said the MEOC would adequately assist NDMO with their operations.

“The MEOC is a fit-for-purpose vehicle which I have been told was fitted with proper communications equipment,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“The equipment is important for any disaster event as it improves our ability to gather and relay back information, data and images to our primary emergency operations centre.”

The Nissan P300 was given by the European Union through their Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) project implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).

EU head of cooperation — delegation for the Pacific Christoph Wagner said they hoped the MEOC would provide the support NDMO required during disasters.

“The EU is pleased to support NDMO through the provision of an emergency vehicle which will help link with evacuation centres to health centres,” Mr Wanger said.

“We hope that today’s (yesterday’s) handover will enable NDMO to increase the operational capacity of its team before, during and after disasters.”

SPC’s deputy director disaster community resilience Rhonda Robinson highlighted that the handing over of the vehicle served as a timely reminder to all Pacific islanders that a proactive approach to disaster management was needed.