Fire Service responsible for servicing hydrants, says Roo

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CHIEF Fire Officer Bill Roo says they are responsible for inspecting and servicing fire hydrants in municipalities, especially Port Moresby.
“We are the users of the fire hydrants. We go around to do inspections and cleaning if they are not in good conditions,” he said.
Roo said the record of all fire hydrants in the city was with Eda Ranu.
“Eda Ranu are the service providers and they keep records of the total fire hydrants and where they are installed,” he said.
Attempts to get a comment from Eda Ranu were unsuccessful.
Roo said the fire service’s major concern was to provide protection to properties.
“We have to make sure property and building owners are aware of the causes of fire and where to identify fire emergency equipment to use, and respond quickly to the fire department.”
Roo said to address the lack of manpower and the understanding of fire rules and regulations, he had started the training of fire service staff to be on standby if the need arose.
Fire Service human resources officer Okotu Caroline Kavori who was one of the women staff undergoing training said it was a positive move.

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