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Hazardous training

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

FIREFIGHTERS are better equipped to deal with hazardous material spills following a one-day course on Monday.

Held at the NFA headquarters in Suva, the course aimed to improve local firefighters' skills when dealing with and responding to hazardous materials on the job.

"Given that hazardous material response is part of the core functions of NFA, such training is very important to the firefighters and will ensure that they better understand the properties of chemicals and the best methodology of dealing with such chemicals," CEO John O'Connor said in a statement.

"It identified the types of personal protective equipment needed for special types of chemicals.

"The training focused on two main chemicals namely ammonium and chlorine."

About 40 firefighters were part of the course organised by Orica Fiji Limited, which supplies chemicals and related products.

Trainer Bruce Porteous, who is also Orica New Zealand's country manager, thanked the NFA participants for making the time to attend the course.


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