EQUIPPING themselves with professional emergency skills, a group of fire officers in Vanua Levu is attending a five-day training program to help in responding efficiently and professionally to fire incidents.
Chief executive officer of the National Fire Authority John O'Connor said the training at the Labasa Fire Station this week was to upskill the officers on how to attend to ambulance emergency cases.
"These officers have completed phases one and two of the Emergency Medical Activity Instructor Training in 2010 and last year and now they are undergoing the third phase," Mr O'Connor said.
"The training is conducted by two emergency medical technicians from the Matsusaka Area Firefighthing Association in Japan.
"This is in line with government's effort to fully equip officers with professional emergency treatment."
Mr O'Connor said it was important for the officers to increase their knowledge in these areas to help them save lives during cases of fire.
"We want the officers to be multi-skilled with their work and not only focus on controlling fires.
"This is an ongoing initiative and we will continue to collaborate with our counterparts for the purpose of uplifting our standard of service in the country," he said, adding that the trainin g will end on Friday.
Fire officers around the country are all expected to undergo the same training.