GIS – 17 June 2013: The Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands, Mr. Hervé Aimée, assessed on site this morning works in progress at Tamarin for the construction of a new fire station. This project is to the tune of Rs 44 million and the works are carried out on a land of 4,200 square metres.
The station , with a surface area of 1,100 square metres, will have 4 openings. Construction works should be completed in two months’ time and the new Tamarin station is expected to be operational by the end of 2013. It will service the whole western region. Tenders for this project were launched between 30 December 2010 and 16 February 2011. The contract was attributed to Safety Construction Co. Ltd and works started in 2012.
Furthermore tenders are being launched for the construction of a new fire station in Rose Belle, while the regions of Montagne Blanche and Goodlands will be equipped with fire stations by the year 2016. These projects are outlined in the Public Sector Investment Programme for 2012- 2016.
The Government Fire Services (GFS) are equipped with five modern water tenders acquired in 2011 for a contract value of approximately Rs 60 million. These vehicles are fully equipped with a large range of fire fighting and rescue equipment such as pumps, water monitors, rescue gears, breathing apparatus, and ladders designed to the highest standards. A modern aerial turntable ladder has been delivered in January 2013 to equip the Service for attending fires and also perform rescue operations in high rise buildings.The updating and upgrading of the radio communication networkwas completed in December 2011, at the cost of Rs 9.1m.
As from this year, the GFS has decentralised its fire prevention service, which includes the inspection of premises and the issue of Fire Certificates in respect of building premises and Certificates of Registration for storage and transportation of inflammable liquids and substances. In November 2011, the Fire Prevention Unit was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification.
With regard to new projects, a plot of land has been identified in Riche Terre for the setting up of a Fire and Rescue Training Academy. Moreover 83 posts of fire fighters have been filled since January 2012, among whom 5 female . An additional batch of 37 temporary fire fighters has been enlisted in April this year and the recruits are currently undergoing training.
The Government Fire Services, which has been renamed the “Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service” with the enactment of the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service Bill, encompass the core duties and functions of the Service, that is, response to fires and provision of rescue services. Legal provision has also been made for the Service to participate in national schemes for the management, prevention, mitigation and reduction of disasters and to assist the National Disaster and Operations Coordination Centre set up by Government to ensure timely disaster management response.
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