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Fire investigation training in Fiji
Three CFA Fire Investigation Instructors travelled to Fiji during July 2014 to deliver the inaugural Structural & Vehicle Fire Investigation Course to the National Fire Authority (NFA).
State Fire Investigation Coordinator Nicole Harvey, Senior Station Officer Geoff Ranzenhofer and Operations Officer Brian Brady travelled to Fiji to deliver the inaugural Structural & Vehicle Fire Investigation Course to the NFA Station Officers and Firefighters.
A specifically designed Structural & Vehicle Fire Investigation Course for the NFA was developed by the CFA Fire Investigation Instructors and was delivered during the week of Monday 14 July 2014 through to Friday 18 July 2014 in Suva, Fiji.
Over 50 personnel attended this course with participants attending from the following agencies:
- National Fire Authority
- Fiji Police Force
- Samoa Fire & Emergency Service Authority
- Solomon Island Electricity Authority
- Fiji Electricity Authority
- Land Transport Authority (Fiji)
This course provided the opportunity for the NFA firefighters to obtain specialist training in fire investigation along with obtaining the necessary skills and knowledge to protect and preserve the fire scene for further investigation, determine the origin and cause of structure and vehicle fires along with processes to identify and analyse fire trends which can assist in the prevention of fires occurring in the future.
In addition to the theory subjects, the course participants also attended a number of recent structural fire scenes that had occurred within Suva, Fiji. The scenes were examined using the newly-founded skills and knowledge that the personnel had obtained from the course in determining the origin and cause of the fires.
Also, as part of the course, a vehicle fire was also undertaken to demonstrate the fire behaviour associated with vehicles along with the investigation process involved to determine the origin and cause of vehicle fires.
During the time spent in Fiji, the CFA personnel were able to visit the NFA Headquarters in Suva along with a large number of the NFA fire stations located across Fiji. The CFA personnel had the opportunity to meet and speak with the staff and the on-shift operational Station Officers and firefighters, along with inspecting their fire stations and firefighting appliances.
The CFA personnel were also invited as guests to attend a Family Day at Rakiraki Fire Station on Saturday 12 July 2014 along with attending a Fire Service Church Service at the Valelevu Fire Station on Sunday 13 July 2014.
Based on the feedback, the course was well received and has provided the NFA Station Officers and Fire-fighters with the necessary practical skills and knowledge to assist them in conducting fire investigations in the future.
State Fire Investigation Coordinator Nicole Harvey