BUSES will need to be equipped with the proper standard of fire extinguishers in the very near future.
It has been revealed by the National Fire Authority that some fire extinguishers sold in the country do not meet the Australian and New Zealand standards.
Under the NFA Service Act, the authority has no role in terms of cracking down on fire agents or regulating fire equipment that is sold.
The NFA is reviewing the Act now to look into some areas involving its work, including the operation of fire agents and the monitoring of fire equipment/extinguishers sold in the country.
It is also getting relevant standards of fire extinguishers from Australia and New Zealand and doing checks to see what standard fits Fiji.
NFA CEO John O'Connor did not comment when asked if there was a possibility buses that burnt in recent months had non-standard fire extinguishers.
However, he said they were working with the LTA to set a standard for fire extinguishers for bus companies.
"We can only assist LTA as they have their own Act. But we are stopping buses and checking their fire extinguishers.
"We are trying to establish a standard of fire extinguishers for buses and also include training the bus drivers on safety and other things."
Mr O'Connor said the authority was reviewing the NFA Service Act of 1994, which had some amendments along the way.
"Under the law, we have no role in terms of fire agents and regulating of fire equipment sold in the country."
Mr O'Connor said NFA had received a lot of complaints from people about "unscrupulous fire agents".
He said the new Act would require people who wanted to set-up fire agency businesses to comply with certain things.
He said the new Act was aimed to strengthen the regulatory functions of the NFA, like inspection of buildings and the sale of fire equipment including extinguishers.
"One of the main reasons for the review is that under the current Act, our services are supposed to be limited within the fire boundary in towns and cities."