Five more fire trucks on the way

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FA’AFETAI TELE LAVA: Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki, Ambassador of Japan to Samoa with Lelevaga Faafouina Mupo, Commissioner of Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (centre) flanked by F.E.S.A. officers.

FA’AFETAI TELE LAVA: Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki, Ambassador of Japan to Samoa with Lelevaga Faafouina Mupo, Commissioner of Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (centre) flanked by F.E.S.A. officers.

The Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (S.F.E.S.A.) will soon receive five more firefighting trucks thanks to the government of Japan.

The offer follows a signing ceremony between Ambassador Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and Commissioner of  S.F.E.S.A., Lelevaga Faafouina Mupo.   

A grant of up to US$88,819 (T$211,200) will fund the procurement, reconditioning and shipment from Japan to Samoa of five used fire-fighting trucks to increase the authority’s fleet.

The trucks consists of two pumper trucks, one rescue truck, one tank truck and one pumper with tank truck which were requested specifically in capitalising some of the new substations in the rural areas of both Upolu and Savai’i island.  

Additionally, the project will assist the S.F.E.S.A. to provide water supply in rural areas which are experiencing water shortage.

Ambassador Maugaoleatuolo said it was important to assist in this area because emergency services play a vital role in community.   

“The work of S.F.E.S.A. is not limited to responding to fire emergencies, they also provide assistance during natural disasters,” he said. 

In 2015, F.E.S.A. received four used firefighting trucks from Japan. Last month, Japan procures a 30m ladder firefighting truck and one firefighting pumper truck.

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