GIS – October 1st, 2015: One-hundred and seventy new recruits, among whom eight Rodriguans, have joined the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service’ (MFRS). The new batch of recruits also include seven young women.The Recruit Induction Day, was held today in the presence of the Minister of Local Government, Dr Mohammad Anwar Husnoo, at the Coromandel Fire Station in the industrial zone of Coromandel.
Following the induction, the 170 recruits will undergo a six-month intensive training and aptitude exercises.
In his address at the event, Minister Husnoo observed that recruits have joined a Disciplined Force which cannot be insensitive to emerging challenges and hence are expected to be proactive and responsive to these challenges and carry out their work with dedication as well as serve the people to the best of their ability.
According to Dr Husnoo, firefighters’ professionalism has to be demonstrated in the level and quality of services provided to the community and most importantly, in emergency situations. ‘We should not forget that you have also some important and crucial roles to play in cases of road accidents, as well as natural disasters’, he pointed out.
Speaking about forthcoming major infrastructure development which will transform the landscape of Mauritius, the Minister stressed the crucial role of firefighters, both in the planning phase for the infrastructural development by advising on fire safety measures that would need to be respected and complied with, as well as on post control visits.
Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service
The MFRS, formerly known as the Government Fire Services, was set up in 1945. It is a department falling under the aegis of the Ministry of Local Government, and is headed by the Chief Fire Officer.
The department’s main responsibility is to take all necessary steps for the prevention and suppression of fires and the protection of life, property and the environment in case of emergency.
The MFRS has 10 fire stations located around the country (4 in urban and 6 in rural regions) manned by 710 firefighters working on 4 shifts to provide fire and emergency cover for a population of about 1.3 million. This is translated in a fire fighter-to-population ratio of 1 firefighter on duty for every 7000 to respond to an annual average of 5000 to 6000 fires, and about 2000 non-fire incidents with a fleet of 30 fire fighting vehicles. The MFRS can be contacted on the emergency telephone number 115.
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