24th October 06:00 PM
Newly refurbished Emergency Operations Centre’s opened in west
By Swastika Singh
Thursday 03/11/2016
Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Meleti Bainimarama (right) with EU Deputy Head of Delegation for the Pacific Corrado Pampaloni during the opening (Photo: Josephine Prasad).

The newly refurbished Nadi District Emergency Operations Centre and the Western Division Emergency Operations Centre - Planning Office and Divisional Controller’s Office in Lautoka were opened today.

This was made possible through the European Union funded ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project which is implemented by the Pacific Community.

The cost of the project was $92,236.

Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Meleti Bainimarama says the new office will ensure government services are not disrupted during an emergency.

Bainimarama says the new office will further enhance Fiji’s efforts in building resilient people and also strengthen disaster preparedness and management.

EU Deputy Head of Delegation for the Pacific Corrado Pampaloni says through the project the EU has also allocated funds for the refurbishment of the Northern and Eastern Divisional Emergency Operations Centres and the National Emergency Operations Centre.

He says work on this will commence soon.

SPC’s Chief Geohazard Scientist Dr Paul Taylor says the Pacific Community understands the challenges faced by the region.

He says the partnership with the government of Fiji will ensure the capability and capacity to respond to disasters and emergencies.

Meanwhile the Commissioner Central has also been assisted with the purchase of equipment to upgrade the Central Division Emergency Operations Centre in Nausori.

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