Firefighters in the Western Division were recognised for their selfless acts, hard work and bravery when they saved people from floodwaters earlier this month.
Acting chief fire officer Qionilau Moceitai and acting divisional fire officer western Gopal Reddy visited the Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki fire stations yesterday to convey the NFA board's and chief executive officer's appreciation to the officers.
"The community relied heavily on NFA for rescue during the floods as there were situations that were life threatening and scary for the little children," Mr Moceitai said.
"We are grateful for the commitment and dedication of our firefighters in rescuing as many people as possible during these difficult and unprecedented circumstances," he said.
"Although the duties of a firefighter have expanded beyond firefighting to include flood rescue, road accident rescue, hazardous material response and rescue services and emergency ambulance services, the key attributes of the role of a firefighter are foremost to protect life and to mitigate with great efficiency the impact of fire on property and the community," he added.
Mr Moceitai said despite the limited equipment and resources, firefighters diligently demonstrated their duties and concern for the protection of life through their rescue operations at the height of the flooding in the west.
"We thank God that there were no major injuries sustained by them as they tirelessly responded to emergency calls for rescue," he said.