Fire safety strategy critical

A book to promote awareness about fire safety among members of the community was launched at Faleata yesterday.

The Fire Reduction Strategy was launched at the Faleata Fire Station by Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

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“We are building on our already existing Wildfire Reduction Strategy to now focus on structural and domestic fires that occur across the country whilst increasing support for our Fire and Emergency Services in times of largescale disaster,” she said.

“The implementation of this strategy will occur over the coming years in partnership with S.P.C. and our partners at the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Melbourne, Australia with a commitment to preventing loss of life and loss of infrastructure here in Samoa.”

European Union Ambassador to the Pacific, Julian Wilson said: “This work shows the commitment of island nations like Samoa to focus on proactive steps towards reducing the impact of disaster at national, sub-national and local levels.”

In addition to the launching was the handing over of fire reduction strategy materials such as power generators for the National Emergency Services.

The materials include 100 firefighting helmets, a mobile emergency operations vehicle and high frequency radios to increase communication during times of disasters.

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