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CFA trucks to Fiji fire service
Six second-hand CFA fire trucks recently sold to the Fijian National Fire Authority (NFA) are a welcome boost to their fleet.
The five pumpers and one tanker are 1987/88 vintage with low mileage sold off under the capital replacement program. The trucks are now based in Nausori, Valelevu, Pacific Harbour, Nadi, Labasa and Savusavu fire stations.They join a Fijian fleet of 41 fire trucks with 13 more than 20 years old and 10 over 10 years old.
“The trucks were accepted by the NFA staff with so much enthusiasm and have really boosted the morale of the team,” said NFA CEO John O’Connor. “Their arrival was also very timely since the Lands Authority has now raised concerns on the conditions of some of the chassis of our trucks.”
“These were the best of our retired vehicles,” said Executive Manager of Fleet Services Peter Wright. “John O’Connor and an NFA mechanic inspected the vehicles before we put them through the Cranbourne workshop for a full safety check and any repairs. Everything was roadworthy to our standards. Operational checks were done on all pumps and vehicle equipment and we then stickered the trucks up with their corporate logos.”
CFA also included two caches of road accident rescue equipment in the shipment with Melbourne company PT Hydraulics donating their time to conduct safety checks.
The very reasonable price paid by the NFA left them with money to bolster their supplies of boots, gloves, helmets, tunics, breathing apparatus, air compressors and communications equipment.
“NFA is looking forward to purchasing the best of the retiring CFA 2400 litre and 3200 litre tankers later this year,” continued John.
“The purchase of the six vehicles and the additional tankers is part of an NFA short-term strategy to build our fleet and water capacity in our current stations and enable NFA to establish fire posts in other quickly-developing urban centres.
“From 2015, NFA will start purchasing new fire trucks while continuing to consider the purchase of the best-conditioned CFA trucks.
“NFA has a good long working relationship with CFA and NFA is so thankful to CFA for their assistance and kind consideration.
“Vinaka Vakalevu CFA.”