Fire brigade a real success story

Saturday August 11, 2018 Written by Published in Local
The Ambassador of Japan to the Cook Islands Toshihisa Takata and Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Iwao Horii, unveil a photo of the tanker truck that will be arriving soon at the Teimurimotia fire brigade. PHOTO: Lawrance Bailey The Ambassador of Japan to the Cook Islands Toshihisa Takata and Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Iwao Horii, unveil a photo of the tanker truck that will be arriving soon at the Teimurimotia fire brigade. PHOTO: Lawrance Bailey

Residents of a village have worked together to create an institution that not only helps to safeguard the 2000 Takitumu residents and buildings that surround the station, but also those across Rarotonga during fire emergencies.

 

Alistair Macquarie and Shane Napa teamed up to form a fire brigade in response to the first round of arson attacks on Rarotonga.

They cobbled together old fire-fighting equipment to get started and later Macquarie mortgaged his family house to buy a tanker to supply water to the fire truck during callouts.

Japan could see the huge benefits to the community that the fire station offered and under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects was the main donor in the construction of the fire station, located in the centre of Titikaveka, next to the Cook Islands Christian Church.

During a ceremony last Saturday where Japan officially handed over two refurbished four-wheel drive pump trucks and a tank truck, landowners representative Rongo Preston said they were tremendously proud of the station and its team of volunteers.

Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Iwao Horii said Japan was looking to also contribute a ladder truck to assist with fighting fires in taller buildings on the island.

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