$1.2m fire station to boost NFA services

Minister for Local Government, Housing, Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Bala (2nd from left) during the ground breaking ceremony for new fire station at Nakasi. Picture: RAMA

A TOTAL of 21 new fire stations are expected to be operational by the end of 2019, says Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar.

He said this at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new $1.2 million Nakasi Fire Station on Wednesday.

“By the end of 2019, we expect to have a total of 21 new fire stations with the inclusion of Nabouwalu, Lami and Nakasi fire stations,” Mr Kumar said.

“The expansion of the fire services into the rural and heavily populated areas is in line with Government’s intent to provide every Fijian easy access to such essential services.

“We are all aware that we have got a new police station here, health facilities and let me say this that FijiFirst Government has invested heavily in this particular corridor considering the huge population that we have. It tells you that your government cares for you.”

He said the National Fire Authority was not only about responding to fires, but had taken a bigger step in their emergency management role.

“The National Fire Authority is no longer only about responding to fires, but they have taken on a broader emergency management role which includes responding to emergency incidents and the provision of emergency ambulance services 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said.

He added there 18 fire stations around the country with seven located in the Central/Eastern Division, seven in the Western Division and four in the Northern Division.

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