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Firemen take to the water, put skills to the test

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

FIREMEN in Labasa put life-saving skills to the test yesterday.

The training attracted a crowd who gathered to watch the firemen swim across the Labasa River and hang on to ropes while transferring "casualties".

National Fire Authority CEO John O'Connor said the training was part of a two-day workshop.

"It's a refresher course for my team — they need to know how to handle floodwater rescue," he said.

"For a place like Labasa that has already been affected by flooding, it is important for the firemen to know the procedures involved when dealing with people during a flood.

"They also need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge of handling people during a flood."

He said it was important for his team to be prepared to respond to evacuations during flooding.

"It is part of our role to be ready to respond to flood evacuation because floods can happen any time," Mr O'Connor said.

The training ends today.





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