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Officers graduate after undergoing emergency drills

Mary Rauto
Saturday, May 26, 2012

THERE is a need for the correction services to be prepared in the case of an emergency.

Fiji Corrections Service Commissioner Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu made the comments at the graduation event of his 26-member emergency unit in Naboro yesterday.

The 26 correction officers who received their certificates had attended a three-week course on emergency procedures.

Lt-Col Vasu said the course was about preparedness.

He said like the police Ready Action Unit (RAU), the emergency unit would take care of all the centres.

The final day of the training began with the team skipping dinner on Thursday, followed by a route walk from Suva to Naboro at midnight, a swim in a river at Togalevu then training and parade that did not end until 4pm yesterday.

In the afternoon, the unit participated in a riot exercise with the dog unit and others dressed as inmates. Gyatri Mani, 24, who was one of four female officers said it was totally different and that by yesterday, she wondered what she was doing there.

"I wouldn't have made it on my own. It took teamwork and the other members kept me going," Ms Mani said.

She dedicated the achievement to her mother who raised her after their dad died.


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