PROVISION of fire services in Fiji is expected to be a notch higher particularly for the areas covered by fire stations located in Nausori, Navua, Sigatoka, Rakiraki, Ba, Tavua, Savusavu and Taveuni.
Each of these stations will receive a fire truck from the fleet that was handed over to the National Fire Authority at its headquarters in Walu Bay, Suva, yesterday.
While handing over the keys to the trucks, NFA board chairman Commander Francis Kean said government played a major role in financially assisting NFA through its annual capital grant to reaffirm their role in the country.
"The $450,000 that was granted to the NFA by government is highly commendable and we thank the government for this financial assistance to enable us here at NFA, and you the firefighters, to go out there and to do your job as firefighters," Cmdr Kean said.
The trucks have the potential to carry 2000 litres of water, which is an advantage to the firefighters.
With the new fire trucks, he said, the authority's effort to equip firefighters with proper tools and resources would enhance its role as an emergency response organisation.
"As emergency response agents, we play a very important role in the safety of lives and also in the safety of properties of citizens of this country, and also to many commercial and economic activity that takes place in the country."
The NFA now has 48 fire trucks in its fleet.