NFA capabilities deficient outside town boundaries

December 22, 2023 12:43 pm

The National Fire Authority is highlighting the need for an investment in more fire hydrants outside town boundaries, as 48 percent of structural fires have occurred in these areas in the last five years.

Chief Executive, Puamau Sowane says they need to improve their firefighting capabilities outside the boundaries.

Sowane says the revelation that only 12% of the 415,000 water meters are located outside the boundary suggests a deficiency in firefighting capabilities for areas beyond the established boundaries.

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“Here is where we have to look for other sources of water such as streams, waterways, water tanks, etc.”

Sowane says the increase in the estimated total loss from $9.5 million in 2022 to $23.3 million over the past five years is alarming as this is a massive 145% increase in loss of investments due to fire damage.

The National Fire Authority continues to plead with members of the public to practice fire safety this Christmas to help save lives.