Fire truck

Satish Nakched, Suva | Saturday, June 3, 2017

THE fire truck is a very expensive and a specialised type of vehicle that is designed and engineered in such a way that it will provide effective service in any disaster.

These types of heavy vehicles are equipped with specialised systems supporting fire suppression efforts which include water tanks, pumps, aerial ladders, tower platforms, hydraulic rescue tools, and generators.

Most types of fire trucks transport firefighting crews to the scene of fires and must be in a standby mode and in top condition.

I remember in the colonial days the truck crew while at the base, spent most of their time, polishing and buffing the metal components of the trucks and unauthorised persons were kept away.

I noticed about two weeks ago a fire truck was parked at the Ratu Dovi Rd near the R.B Centrepoint vegetable stand and the crew were actually doing shopping and loading the crops on to the truck.

The truck looked very new and such abuse and misuse can hinder the core function of the organisation and can jeopardise their performance in saving lives and properties.

I believe that there are no policies or procedures in place that the staff can adhere to but if there is one then further probe must be conducted to prevent a reccurrence of such practice.

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