THE Suva Fire Station received a surprise visit last weekend from one-week-old baby Ricksoniya Prakash and his parents Rakesh and Kajal.
The visit was special. The parents of baby Rick wanted to thank the members of the fire station who assisted in his delivery on August 28.
An emergency call was received on that day to Nabua highlighting that Mrs Prakash was already in labour and needed to be taken to the CWM Hospital.
Aisake Raratabu, the firefighter who was driving on that shift, realised that it was too late to transport Mrs Prakash to the hospital because she was already in labour.
Mr Raratabu and his crew then stepped in to assist in the delivery.
The crew arranged for a nurse to be picked up from the hospital and they transported her to Nabua to deliver baby Ricksoniya.
Mr and Mrs Prakash could not thank the firefighters enough for their quick response and action.
"We want to thank the fire crew for their response and their professionalism in responding to the call," Mr Prakash said.
National Fire Authority chief executive officer John O'Connor said acknowledgements like this were humbling for firefighters.
"When someone makes the effort to visit the station to personally thank the team, it usually boosts the moral of the firefighters.
"At the same time challenges the crew to continue to improve the efficiency of our service delivery so that we continue to meet or succeed our customers' expectation," Mr O'Connor said.
He said the NFA's emergency medical services was now part of NFA's core functions.