Samoa pays tribute to Firefighters

The memory of firefighters whose lives were lost during the call of duty was honoured in Samoa today.

At the commemoration of International Firefighters Day, a moment of silence was observed for firemen in Samoa and overseas whose commitment to their job cost them their lives.

Held at Hotel Millenia, Sogi, Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, who is also the Minister of Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A.), reminded the gathering about the importance of firefighters and their work. 

“Over the years, in particular the events of September 11, 2001, International Fire Fighters Day has grown to become an annual event across the globe where all members of the fire services whether volunteer or career members can be thanked for their dedicated and selfless contributions to their communities," Fiame said.

“Three years ago we have recognised the importance of the work of firefighters and supported F.E.S.A's initiative to join global fire agencies in celebrating this special day,” said Fiame.

She said this year the Authority is hosting a joint Forum with its supporting agencies to commemorate International Fire Fighters Day.

“The theme of the forum is ‘unlocking the potential of collaboration as key driver for a safer Samoa’, collaboration in real life emergency incidents are like supporting agencies is crucial to the success of respond services and provide great potential for respondents to meet the development needs of a Samoa development strategy 2017-2020 particularly under priority risk area two, social and priority for the environment.

“This forum aims to strengthen F.E.S.A. and supporting agencies working collaboratively and to galvanise emergency respondent efforts to work transferring the findings for cohesive responding at times of disasters and emergencies,” she added.

Fiame also acknowledged the support of their development partners who continue to assist the emergency respondents.

International Firefighters Day is an annual event commemorated around the world on May 4 to honour the commitment and sacrifices of firefighters in ensuring the life and properties of people are protected.  

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