Bill Roo

Mirisim visits National Fire Service


Minister Mirisim made the courtesy visit to meet with the Chief Fire Officer, his deputy and officers to familiarize himself with one of the agencies that is under his leadership.

He said he was very impressed with the office especially for putting up a guard of honour for him.

Chief Fire Officer, Bill Roo and his staff were excited to host this small but historical visit by any minister of government responsible for their office to visit them. Fire Officers turned up in their best attire for the occasion.  

Simbu to get new fire station

This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which will pave way for strategising and ground work to take place towards the building of a new fire station at Kundiawa.

The MoU was signed at the Fire Service headquarters at Waigani, Port Moresby, last week.

Chief Fire Officer Bill Roo said the singing of the MoU has built a bridge for the fire service and the Chimbu Provincial Government to work together towards building this vital infrastructure.

Fire safety advise for this festive season

His advice is for people to be very selective when purchasing these products, as they could be potential fire hazards.

He said during many sub-standard or fake products are on the market at this time.

“Be very cautious and selective on what to buy. Look carefully at the fittings, designs and the manufacturing details.

“Avoid those with tiny connections, wirings and adaptors. These tend to heat up and melt, and can cause fire,” he said.

A similar warning was given regarding fireworks or firecrackers.

​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.

​HB fire report set for release

In a recent conversation with the Fire Service department, acting Chief of Fire, Bill Roo, apologised for the delay, saying it was all for good reason.

He adds that after being briefed by the lead investigators, he is now able to release the full report.

Meanwhile, the Hanuabada fire appeal has been receiving overwhelming support from general public, business houses and corporate companies in the National Capital District.

Organising committee representative, Lohia Boe Samuel, confirmed that K730,000 has been raised so far for the appeal.

​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 report complete

However, the Chief of Fire is yet to be briefed on the findings report.

Chief of Fire, Bill Roo, told Loop PNG that he had just returned from a meet for fire service abroad yesterday and will have to meet with his lead investigators before releasing the report to the public.

Roo apologised for the delay, adding that he will call for a media conference to release the findings by the end of this week.

Meanwhile, rehabilitation into the burnt houses at Hanuabada village has begun with a total of K730,000 raised so far since the start of donations in August.

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.

Investigations into HB fire underway

Chief Fire Officer Bill Roo confirmed engaging officers only yesterday to start the probe.

“The buildings were all burnt down, which means all evidence have been destroyed. But we have established where the fire started,” said Roo.

“It started in one house and then spread to the others. So what we rely on now is the information from occupants of the house where the fire started and then we’ll work around what we gather.”

To identify the cause of fire, the victims of the fire and witnesses have to be interviewed and a timeline of events established.