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O'Connor: Fiji needs more women firefighters

Torika Tokalau
Monday, December 03, 2012

FIJI needs more women to join the fire force, says the National Fire Authority.

NFA's chief executive officer John O'Connor made the comment while hosting the seven recipients of the Fiji Children's Award to afternoon tea on Saturday.

Mr O'Connor was humbled by the interest shown from the children, including two females, in joining the force.

"It is encouraging to see young people eager to join the NFA," he said.

"It would also be encouraging to see more women join the force."

Mr O'Connor revealed there were only 10 women firefighters in Fiji.

He said only one, 25-year-old Rokowati Koroidelaiverata was based in Suva.

"There are much bigger reasons now to join NFA.

"We now offer other services like emergency, road and industry rescue, and even ambulance services. The opportunities are countless."

Mr O'Connor said if women do showed interest in becoming firefighters, they would not be treated differently.

"They will receive the same training as the men. We will not differentiate between the two.

"We want only the best firefighters in the country and I know that women can step up to the challenge and meet the same standard as their male counterparts," he said.