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RFMF prepares for cyclone season

October 26, 2018 4:45 am

The Fiji Military Force has already put in place strategies in case a cyclone affects the country next month.

The cyclone season normally runs from November to April.

RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto says the 3FIR Battalion – based in the Northern division looks at various scenarios on how the military can quickly respond to a natural disaster.

Naupoto is advising the public that even though the General Election is just around the corner, one should not forget that we’re also approaching the cyclone season.

”I hope that members of the public are also aware at this time that we are also into the cyclone season and they should be preparing for disasters should they come around. The planning that we do both for the two main islands Vanua Levu and Viti Levu the fact that our road work is joined by bridges. One of them collapses we are down for a long time so that is part of our plan and we also look at the natural disaster prone area as far as flooding is concerned".

The Commander has also reminded his troops to be on standby – taking into account the current weather conditions we’re experiencing.


RFMF prepares for cyclone season

January 3, 2015 3:28 am

The Fiji Military Forces will be out in full force deploying its officers to parts of the country that will be affected this cyclone season.

RFMF Landforce Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho says that while this is a standard procedure, they hope to refine it every year.

He adds that amidst the country in cyclone season from November to April, they are prepared to lend a helping hand to affected Fijians.

“We’re calling troops to be on standby however we have a good number of troops who are housed within the premises of camps like here in Queen Elizabeth barracks we have married quarters for. officers and soldiers so they are the first people that are called together to form teams for deployment in cases of flooding or other forms of disasters, landslides that we might be required to assist in so we’re always ready in that sense and in addition to that when we see the impact of the disaster that’s coming is predicted to be much worse then we recall troops who live out of the premises of the camps so for us we’ve always practiced and refined that through the years.”

The RFMF is closely working with the Fiji Naval Forces and the National Disaster Management Office with weather reports and to identify areas of deployment.