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Japan Upgrades Tonga Fire Service

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21 November 2012 Japan handed over grassroots projects to upgrade the Tonga Fire Service in ‘Eua and Vava'u Islands on Wednesday, November 21 in Nuku'alofa. The handover ceremony of the project was held at the Central Fire Station in Longolongo.

His Excellency, Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga attended the handover ceremony. Honorable Samiu Vaipulu, Deputy Prime Minister, Police Commissioner Grant O'Fee, Fire Commissioner Lofia Heimuli, and Prison Commissioner Sione Falemanu, also attended the ceremony, along with the representative of ‘Eua and Vava'u Fire Station.

His Excellency Dr. Hamuro made a brief speech, congratulating the completion of the projects and appraising the efforts made by partners of the projects. During his speech, His Excellency Dr. Hamuro emphasized that one of the lessons of the Great East Japan Earthquake was the vital importance of community resilience that protects people, based on mutual trust between civil service and communities.  Hon. Samiu Vaipulu expressed appreciation, on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga.

The projects are funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) of the Government of Japan. Both ‘Eua and Vava'u Fire Stations faced a problem of inadequate transportation and sought for Japan's assistance in 2011 prioritizing provision of a safer environment for the people in ‘Eua and Vava'u. The projects financially funded each Fire Station with one Toyota Hilux van fully equipment to provide quicker response to warning prior to cyclone and tsunami, transferring patients to the hospital, automobile accident, and conduct fire inspections or safety illumination for schools, businesses and the community.  Nearly 20,000 residences in both islands are to benefit from the projects.

Japan is committed to taking a leading role in mainstreaming disaster reduction in development and international cooperation and building resilient societies.  These two projects are the part of Japan's efforts to strengthen community resilience through capacity building of Tonga Fire Services.

PROJECT FACTSHEET

Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP)

Project Name :  1.         The Project for Improvement of Equipments of Tonga Fire Service in ‘Eua     2.         The Project for Improvement of Equipments of Tonga Fire Services in Vava'u

Recipient  1.    Tonga Fire Service in ‘Eua     2.    Tonga Fires Service in Vava'u

G/C Signed  -  13 March 2012

Grant Amount  - USD$ 36,977 (as of G/C) for ‘Eua     USD $37,884 (as of G/C) for Vava'u

Contractor  -  (1) Toyota Tsusho Tonga Ltd T/A Asco Motors (Tonga) Ltd       (2) Industrial & Automotive Supplies Ltd

Project Outline
-          Toyota Hilux Van  (2012)

Including:

Rear Hilux Tray Mat
Floormats for front and rear seats
Tow Bar & Tow Ball
Tonneau Cover
TWH Flat 7Pin
Driving Lights Spread Beam & Fitting Kit
Nudge Bar
Red/Blue light bar with integrated siren and PA system
Mobile Radio
Mobile Antenna

ENDS

Issued by the: Embassy of Japan Office, Nuku'alofa, 2012.

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 December 2012 10:38 )  

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