Mo­ceita: Our fire trucks never re­spond with empty wa­ter tanks

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHRATIKA NAIDU LABASA Edited by Ranoba Baoa Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Na­tional Fire Au­thor­ity has clar­i­fied that when it re­sponds to emer­gen­cies, its fire trucks al­ways have full wa­ter tanks.

Chief fire of­fi­cer Qion­i­lau Mo­ceitai was re­spond­ing to com­ments made by a res­i­dent whose home was destroyed in a fire on Di­wali. Atish Ku­mar watched his three­bed­room house en­veloped by fire on Sun­day.

He claimed that the fire truck ar­rived late with an empty wa­ter tank. He lives in Rara Hous­ing, La­jo­nia in Labasa. Mr Mo­ceitai said: “Our officers never leave the sta­tion with empty wa­ter tanks.

“I was in­formed by my fire officers that they had taken two full tank fire trucks. “The rea­son they used fire hy­drants was that there was con­tin­u­ous full force of wa­ter sup­ply to con­tain the spread of fire. “My officers had re­sponded im­me­di­ately af­ter re­ceiv­ing the fire call and we have a record of it. “We have a strict pro­ce­dure to fol­low and ev­ery­thing was done ac­cord­ingly. “Peo­ple should not judge us or our work be­cause we al­ways try our best to save lives and pre­vent fires.” Mr Ku­mar, a loader op­er­a­tor at Fiji Su­gar Cor­po­ra­tion Labasa mill, said when he re­turned from work that af­ter­noon, he no­ticed smoke at the back of the house. “I quickly checked my ten­ant, a fam­ily of four (two adults and two chil­dren) and they man­aged to get out of the house,” Mr Ku­mar said. “How­ever, the NFA was un­able to save our home.” He claimed es­ti­mated cost of dam­age was around $70,000 to $80,000. Po­lice spokes­woman Ana Naisoro said the cause of fire was yet to be es­tab­lished and a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way be­tween Po­lice and NFA.

Three bed­room house destroyed in a fire at Rara Hous­ing, La­jo­nia in Labasa on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Photo: Shratika Naidu

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