GIS - 04 November, 2013: Ensuring the security of the citizens remains a priority and Government is sparing no efforts to achieve this objective, said the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, at the launching of a new fire station at Tamarin on October 31, in the presence of the Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands, Mr. Hervé Aimée.
The Tamarin Fire Station is the tenth station adding to the list of existing fire stations across the country. To the tune of some Rs 44 million, the new station will service the whole western region including Bambous and Belle Ombre. Construction works for the project started in 2011 and the contract was allocated to Safety Construction Co. Ltd.
In his address, Dr Ramgoolam announced that his Government will very soon set up a Fire and Rescue Training Academy in Riche Terre which will cater for the training needs of the fire fighters. Furthermore, he stated that other fire station projects are in the pipeline namely at Rose Belle, Montagne Blanche, Goodlands and Riche Terre and will cost the Government some Rs 250 million.
The Government, he said, is also putting in place a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre that would oversee disaster management activities in Mauritius and the outer islands and act as the main institution for Mauritius for the planning, organising, coordinating and monitoring of disaster risk reduction and management activities at all levels.
The PM also spoke on the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service Bill, passed in the National Assembly in June 2013, makes provision for the Fire Service to participate in national schemes for the mitigation and reduction of disasters and to assist the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre to ensure timely disaster management response.
For his part the Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands, Mr. Hervé Aimée said that the enactment of the bill has further consolidated the core duties and functions of the Fire Service. According to him, the new fire station in Tamarin will help the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service to deliver timely service in case of disasters especially in the western part of the country.
It is to be noted that the Government Fire Services, has been renamed the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service since June this year following the enactment of the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service Bill.
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