MAINTAINING a positive mental attitude and discipline is crucial in any line of work.
These were the words of military officer Sergeant Paulo Low while addressing a group of fire officers in Labasa during their annual fire drill competition yesterday.
Sgt Low said such principles would enable officers to deliver good and efficient services to the public.
"There are four drill components that can help improve an officer's performance and they are alertness, teamwork, discipline and being proud of his or her duty," Sgt Low said.
"Improving our service to the public doesn't come easy as it requires a lot of effort and hard work thus, it's only proper we maintain positive attitude and discipline," he said.
He said the officers also needed to take into consideration the environment and the people they served in order to make their work effective.
"Always be focused and keep in mind the people you serve because they are the ones who will determine the effectiveness of your work," Sgt Low told the officers.
National Fire Authority (NFA) chief executive officer John O'Connor said such competitions were organised to improve competency and fire skills of officers.
"We are planning for a national fire drill competition next year where all the officers throughout the country will come together to display the level of knowledge they acquire about their line of work," Mr O'Connor said.
"The officers were tested on how well they know their equipment, knots and lines and also their level of preparedness while responding to fire incidents," he said.
"This is a brave move and we thank the officers in the north for taking out their time to be part of such a learning experience event."
Sixty officers from Taveuni, Savusavu and Labasa were part of the competition.