The Papua New Guinea Fire Service says it needs equipment and specialist officers in order to handle fire emergencies.
In an interview with EMTV today, the Fire Service Management gave a glimpse into the difficulties they are facing.
Over the past 12 months, there have been fire emergencies in Lae, Port Moresby and other centres in Papua New Guinea.
This has brought questions from businesses, government entities and the public on the service’s capabilities.
The fire service management said they need more equipment and technical staff. This includes special rescue kits, portable modern trucks and firemen equipment’s.
Meanwhile, Chief Fire Officer Isaac Silas admitted that a number of issues have hindered the service in carrying out its core functions.
And one of them is the lack of funding for equipments.
Mr Silas says there are plans in place to expand and develop fire stations throughout PNG but that relies heavily on the government’s input.
The Fire Service is working closely with the Inter Government Relations Department to draft a new Fire Service Act of 1963.
A draft copy has been sent to fire stations around PNG for comments and suggestions.
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