Fire base for town
29 October, 2016, 12:00 am
KOROVOU in Tailevu has a new fire station now.
In the past, people in the Korovou area had to rely on the Nausori Fire Station, which is about 30 kilometres away, in case of a fire or emergency.
While commissioning the new fire station yesterday, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said it was imperative that fire authority services were available throughout the country.
“Every minute that emergency services are delayed in responding to a crisis can cost lives,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“For too long, many of our villages, towns and settlements have faced that reality. It is in the immediate aftermath of an incident that response services can do the greatest good, and in many cases, emergency services have been too far away to respond effectively.”
Mr Bainimarama said with the establishment of the new fire station at Korovou, the Government would continue to extend the services of the National Fire Authority (NFA) as widely as possible throughout Fiji.
These include emergencies such as road accidents, hazardous material exposure and flooding, and emergency ambulance responses.
“Not so long ago, in March of this year, we all remember the incident in Wailotua in Tailveu, when a privately owned truck carting a 20-foot container of sodium cyanide — a dangerous chemical — veered off the road into a waterway,” said Mr Bainimarama.
“It was the NFA that stepped up and got that situation quickly under control. Our firefighters safely removed the harmful materials, contained the spillage and stopped the harm from spreading to nearby communities. You now have that same level of professional, capable emergency response services right at your doorstep.”
The new Korovou Fire Station will have 18 firefighters on its roster.