PNG Fire Service

Japan, Aust boost fire service capacity

Building the capacity of the PNG Fire Service broadens the element of safety and security during the monumental event.

The six fire trucks have been donated through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.

The vehicles have been reconditioned and are of compact size, which ensures easy parking and can easily move through Port Moresby’s roads and through narrow crowded streets to reach the scene of the fire; an essential element in fire-fighting.

Buildings razed in POM

The fire, which began around 1:30pm yesterday, spread quickly as a strong breeze aided it in its destruction.

Two families living behind the main warehouse of the old stationery shop were caught off guard as the fire quickly spread, forcing them to take out all valuables.

The Waigani PNG Fire Service attended but it was a futile attempt as the fire destroyed the front shop and warehouse  and quickly spread to the last building.

Over K1m for fire service, schools

They are recipients of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects under Japan’s Official Development Assistance Programme in PNG.

They funds are to support the improvement of basic education as well as disaster prevention measures in PNG.

His Excellency Satoshi Nakajima, Ambassador of Japan to PNG, officiated in the signing of four grant contracts with representatives from PNG Fire Service, Semedagoda Primary School in the Central Province, St. Paul’s Catholic Primary School and St. Peter Chanel Primary School in NCD.

New fire trucks for PNG

Minister for Inter-Government Relations, Kevin Isifu, announced in Parliament last week that this is part of the upgrade to ensure the service is prepared to deal with fires.

Isifu said many homes were lost due to fires however, the Fire Service lacked the support to deal with the issue.

“Considering that APEC and other important meetings are coming up, the Government is set to getting and re-fleeting trucks all around our country.

“We are ready to bring in 22 new fire trucks to replace and re-fleet the rundown trucks around the country.

No fire service in Manus

Ironically what would have been saved on Friday morning in the province's worst fire disaster could not be done, simply because of this outstanding issue.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector, David Yapu confirmed that 10 Chinese people perished in the fire.

"The 10 that were burnt to death in the fire were six females and four males."

PPC Yapu said the fire started at about 3am on Friday (Sept 22) and spread quickly to other parts of the Splendid Star Supermarket, and to the bedroom where the 10 Chinese nationals were sleeping.

​Negligence caused HB fire: Report

“The fire may have started through carelessness or accidentally,” acting Chief of Fire Service, Bill Roo, stated this during a media conference this morning.

He told the media that based on witness statements and findings, fire investigators have identified where the fire started.

However, conclusively they could not say what exactly started the fire because most of the evidence were completely destroyed due to the intensity of the fire.

​PNG Fire Service inks deal with Qld

The acting Chief Fire Officer for the PNG Fire Services, Bill Roo, in a recent trip to Sydney to attend the Australasia Fire Authorities Conference, on the 4th to the 7th, signed the MoU with the Queensland Fire & Emergency Services acting Commissioner, Michael Wassing.

The deal was inked by both parties on 5th September 2017.

Roo said this was done in preparation to deliver a safe APEC 2018.

HB Fire: Fire report completed

Fire service lead investigator, Gabriel Paulus told Loop PNG that a full investigation has been done and completed.

However, Paulus said the full report will be released by the Chief of Fire Service, Bill Roo by this afternoon or tomorrow the latest.

He explains that he would not release any findings until unless the Chief of Fire has been briefed and releases details thereafter.

Meantime, Chief of Fire, Bill Roo upon being contacted confirmed this, saying he will release investigative findings after he has been briefed by his lead investigator.

HB Fire: Area of origin established, interviews continue

PNG Fire Service Chief, Bill Roo says that investigators have gone over the initial fire site and have a rough estimate of where the fire started.

He says that for now investigators are handing out interview sheets and carrying out site inspections in and around the fire sites.

Roo says that for now the residents will be interviewed to establish a timeline of events leading up to the fire and after.

He would not disclose the initial cause of fire stating only that this has yet to be established as investigations continue.

​Fire service warns landlords

This is the message from the PNG Fire Service, after a child tragically died in a fire at Badili on Sunday.

The Port Moresby residential building, which was once a shop, caught fire at around 2pm.

While the cause of the Badili fire is yet to be established, Acting Chief Fire Officer, Bill Roo, raised concerns about buildings that have had their class of occupancy changed to another without complying with proper processes prescribed in the Building Act (Regulations) chapter 301 or the PNG fire code.