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Fire experts

Sherita Sharma
Friday, November 16, 2012

THE National Fire Authority will conduct in-house training workshops for its trainers, thanks to two foreign experts.

NFA welcomed two fire-fighting experts from Japan at the Suva Fire Station on Wednesday.

The two experts, Masafumi Okayama, who came to train firefighters last year and Hiroki Maeda, have both been in the firefighting line for about 11 and six years respectively.

Since 2003, the NFA has been engaged with the Matsusaka Fire Department through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The JICA-Matsusaka and NFA in-country training program started in 2003. Since then 12 Fijian firefighters have undergone training at Matsusaka Fire Department on fire fighting and rescue.

NFA's chief executive officer John O' Connor said the program benefitted firefighters in the past two years and this being its final year, would be just as beneficial.

"In our previous training sessions, everyone was involved in the training," he said. "The final training will be for our trainers. We decided that the JICA experts could train the trainer, who would in turn be able to train the other firefighters," he said.

JICA representative Shumon Yoshiara said the engagement between Fiji and Japan firefighters was a good sign of a healthy relationship between the countries.