by Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
Port Moresby is at risk should there be a major fire breakout anytime from now.
This comes as the main call centre at the Boroko Fire Service Station faces demolition.
Firemen say, the demolition has crippled the nerve system of operations in the city.The demolition exercise started late yesterday afternoon and continued this morning.
A private contractor was engaged to knock down residential buildings at the Boroko Fire Station. These included the single and married officers quarters, and some senior officers, most of whom have lived and worked there since joining the service.
A total of 11 families reside behind the fire station and are now displaced.
Speaking off camera, fire-officers say the management has not considered the welfare of officers and their families. They say, business houses are at risk, including residents of the city. And with the electricity switched-off yesterday, the main call centre is now affected.
Firemen and women now want to stand-down from duty and called on all residents of the city to report to other centres, using their own resources.
The demolition will see the construction of new buildings, but firemen and women want the fire service management to address the situation.