Launching the Samoa Search, and Rescue training Building (Tuanaimato)
Our vulnerability against natural disasters and changing climate is the main reason the EU is funding training facilities project and the government is looking into more development projects to help its people prepare for the unforeseen catastrophes.
The speaker of the day Hon. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Malielegaoi expressed his sincere thank you to the SPC, and the EU (European Union) for bringing their vision to life. He spoke highly of the project and said that it cost $1.06 million STA. The project was funded by the European Union and its contributors and was constructed by the Westerlund Construction Company. The building consists of 4 rooms, a store room for the tools and technology for training facilities, 2 offices with a total of 9 desktop computers as well as desk and chairs and two equipped bathrooms. The Samoa Search and Rescue building according to the Prime Minister is to be used to train fire fighters to upgrade their skills and techniques, and to enlarge their ability in using new technologies to attempt and to save lives. “I am confident that the FESA (Fire and Emergency Services and Authority) will fully utilize the resources and technology that the EU through the government has provided to help them fulfil its staff to become engaged and courageous to save lives,” he added.
Being prepared is the most important thing and assisting FESA with the required technologies and recourses will ensure educating the public to be faster and easier. Police will also use the resources for trainings the PM mentioned during his speech. Fears of another tragedy like the 2009 Tsunami is urging the government to develop projects to educate its people to minimize the numbers of lives taken if a stronger wave overshadows.
Ms Jenny, the EU representative spoke of their visions and aims for the developing PACIFIC NATIONS. The EU wishes to obtain and maintain the strength to respond to not just natural disasters, but as well as the Economic hazards to develop the economy’s standard of living. “The trainings started from our children and are now shifted to professionals to encourage search and rescue during emergencies,” she said. Funding the project highlighted the support they have for the pacific islands. “The EU willingly spends 20% of its budget to fund Pacific projects,” Jenny added. We (European Union) share a vision with the Pacific to build safety and resilience, to address challenges of Global Climate change and adapting to the Earths currents state. Responding to the hazards and unpreventable situations both natural and man-made disasters by, promoting sustainability, pollution control, and basic energy and water sanitation to climate change. Enhancing facilities for better training is the governments focus for the new project.