THE National Fire Authority yesterday appointed their new chief fire officer Qionilau Moceitai who has been a part of the authority for the past 23 years.
Mr Moceitai accepted the appointment with pride, saying it was something he had strived to achieve for a number of years.
"It's been a while that I've been waiting for this moment," Mr Moceitai said.
"As a chief officer, it's going to be very challenging for me because I've been commissioned to chief officer and also the launching of the strategic plan which I will be the driver of and that is a very big challenge," he said.
As chief officer, some of his obligations will include improving management skills, implementing strategies outlined in the new 2013-2017 plan and to drive the reforms the NFA are currently undergoing.
"And also to see that we work accordingly to what has been put in this strategic plan for 2013-2017.
"The recent increase in fires is something we've been working very hard on too, in trying to prevent fires from happening, which is one of the most important things to highlight."
He said the importance of responding to a fire was another of the tasks he would work towards improving next year.