JAPAN'S GRANT ASSISTANCE TO SAMOA
(SAMOA) – Two fire-fighting trucks were added to the fleet of the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (SFESA) officially presented mid-February, on the 15th.
The trucks were procured through the assistance of Japan International Cooperation System (JICS) in collaboration with the Government of Samoa and fully supported by Japanese Supplementary Budget.
The project was made possible through Japan’s grant aid assistance scheme for the Economic and Social Development Programme which was signed in April 2016, between the Hon. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi and former Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Tuimaugaoalii Kazumasa Shibuta, which promised a grant of two million Japanese Yen (USD $1.9m).
The grant was then divided equally amongst two projects; fire trucks for the SFESA and dental and medical equipment for the National Health Services (NHS).
The two fire-fighting trucks consists of 1 fire-fighting truck with a 30m ladder which is the first of its kind to be added in the SFESA fleet, and 1 fire-fighting pumper truck with water tank.
In addition, the 30m ladder fire-fighting truck will solve the problem of reducing and mitigating the effects of fire outbreak in tall buildings or in such case with the fuel tank explosion at Matautu wharf.
Moreover, through this assistance not only SFESA received additional fire-fighting trucks but also the trainings from Japanese engineers on the operation and maintenance of these firefighting trucks.
This is the second time Japan assisted SFESA with providing fire-fighting trucks, four used fire-fighting trucks were initially provided under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project in 2015.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, H.E. Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki stated in his speech the importance of the role of SFESA in which they are the first to respond during any disaster or emergency therefore, it is essential that they are provided with efficient resources to carry out their duties.
Japan has been working in partnership with the Samoan Government since 1977, to further develop such economic and social development projects in Samoa.
Source: Media Release, Press Secretariat, Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet