Fire fighters need respect


I was appalled and saddened to read in your newspaper how a fire truck was stoned and fire fighters harassed in Port Moresby.
Apparently it wasn’t the first time such an incident has taken place in the city.
You would think people living in the city would have more brains than to try to disrupt the people who try to save lives and properties.
Fire is an emergency and these no-brainers have to understand that.
But what do you do when these people have kunai grass in their heads instead of brains?
Do they realise that it is a serious offence to hinder a fire truck or fire fighters on the job?
A fire truck was stoned on Sunday at the Rainbow Estate in Moresby North-West electorate.
In Moresby, the fire service has limited resources and people who work in the service always try their best even if they are under high risk.
I call on the public to understand the PNG Fire Service, the ambulance service and the police force.
We cannot do without these services.
I call on city residents and the public not take their frustration out on fire fighters but air their grievances to relevant authorities, who should be supporting the fire service to build their capacity to help fight fires.
Those who are guilty of harassing our fire fighters, keep in mind that one of these days you may need their service.

Fire Service Supporter

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