NFA transformation

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay leads the march in Savusavu Town. Picture: SUPPLIED

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay leads the march in Savusavu Town. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE development of the 2018-2022 strategic plan will further transform the National Fire Authority (NFA) in line with Government’s National Development Plan over the next five to 20 years.

These were the sentiments shared by the Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Lorna Eden, while speaking at the NFA stakeholders workshop for the development of the authority’s strategic plan in Suva on Wednesday.

Ms Eden said the stakeholders’ participation would enable NFA to formulate an important document.

“As the ministry responsible for the NFA, we are very proud of the achievements during the years 2013-2017, with its theme of “Driving a Total Change in Culture and Mindset”.

Ms Eden said the many positive changes at NFA in the past five years of its 2013-2017 strategic plan had transformed the NFA with the construction of new fire stations, purchase of new fire trucks and equipment. These were very essential changes.

“During the National Development Plan period, Fiji will be transformed into a modern hub of the Pacific, as a centre for business, transport, communications, and other services, and given that we already have the major foundations and an enabling environment, game changing strategic interventions will allow us to build much further over the next five years,” she said.

She added the Government had two goals to achieve that directly impacted the services of the NFA.

“These relate to creating vibrant and environmentally sustainable urban centres. This is where the NFA is required to create new growth centres in Navua, Korovou, Nabouwalu, Keiyasi, Vunidawa and Seaqaqa,” she said.

NFA will be required to extend access to transportation through an efficient and sustainable transport network to the areas of coverage from Suva to another 11 areas namely Navua, Deuba, Sigatoka, Ba, Rakiraki, Korovou, Nadi, Lautoka, Savusavu, Labasa and Taveuni.

In addition, NFA will also be required to procure complementary road accident rescue kits, communication and data entry equipment to reduce response times in the areas of service from 10 minutes to five minutes.