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Kavieng Fire Service Receives Multi fitted Fire Truck

A fully kitted Australian Model Multi purpose fire engine was officially handed over to the Kavieng Fire services on Wednesday the 7th of August.

The keys were handed over to Provincial Fire commander Superintendant Tony Leslie by former Chairman of Transport and Infrastructure and current President of the Tikana Local Level Government Sammy Missen.

This comes after Chief Fire Officer Bill Roo selected New Ireland Province as a recipient in honour of Governor Sir Julius Chan’s contribution to Nation Building.

Provincial Fire commander Superintendant Tony Leslie who had inspected the fire engine in Port Moresby said “ It was purchased and shipped from Australia in 2010 and was stationed at the Waigani fire station since acquiring it. It was used for fire calls in around Waigani Fire zone where it only clocked 53000 in Mileage,” said Superintendant Leslie.

Superintendent Leslie said the Fire engine has all the necessary inventory items on board to use in emergency operations hailing it a valuable asset for the Kavieng Fire services. “The Chief Fire officer has made a fair decision to allocate this wonderful fire engine to Kavieng. It is very suitable for New Ireland conditions given the recent upgrade of our roads.”

The inventory list included 4 x 8 suction hoses for external water priming, 8 x 30m x 36 & 64mm Hoses, 4 stroke Gen set for its own flood lighting system, 8 x Breathing Apparatus/ BA Sets, Road Accident rescue equipment, 4 x 4.5kg DCP Fire extinguishers, 50M First Aid Hose Kit, 1 Ton inbuilt Ranch Winch, 2 x Air Lifting Bags, 2 way Radio, sitting space for 8 x officers, Driver included, inbuilt multi purpose flood lights, 1500 Litters water capacity and 200 liters foam capacity.

A demonstration of the Fire Engines capabilities was showcased to Provincial Administrator Lamiller Pawut, CEO’s and Directors of the NIPG as well as newly elected Town Mayor Sikal Kelep, Deputy Kiapin Tano, President of Lavongai LLG Mathew Makapa, Ward 1 member of Kavieng Open Greg Toksie Seth, staff of the New Ireland Government and the public.

Governor Sir Julius Chan who attended the handover ceremony later due to the late arrival of his flight in from Port Moresby, expressed his utmost gratitude towards Chief Fire Officer Bill Roo for choosing the people of New Ireland as recipients of the Fire Truck.

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