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Plans to set up fire posts

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, January 09, 2014

THE National Fire Authority will set up fire posts in the rural areas of the North as part of its five-year strategic plan.

The stations are for the areas of Seaqaqa, Dreketi and Nabouwalu.

NFA chief executive John O'Connor said setting up posts involved a substantial amount of money.

He said one fire truck cost about $0.5million.

"It's a costly exercise and the purchase of just one fire truck is very expensive," he said.

"We have a strategic plan which includes leasing of land and setting up of posts in Seaqaqa, Dreketi and Nabouwalu.

"The plan also includes the purchasing of trucks, equipment and setting up of the posts.

"Unfortunately, the piece of land leased to us has some people residing there, so we are working with the acting Commissioner Northern to set up the posts."

Mr O'Connor said they were also looking at securing pieces of land in Dreketi and Nabouwalu.

"We will extend the resources we have, which includes trucks and equipment needed for the new posts.

"The plan includes buying new equipment for the new fire posts."

Yesterday, residents of Seaqaqa raised their concern at the services provided by NFA in attending to a fire in the area.

The residents were not happy with the way the firemen treated the fire which has left 14 people homeless.

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