ACT Helping out Samoan Emergency Services

johnboy 24 November 2010 7

Simon Corbell hands over the keys [From the left: High Commissioner of Samoa, H.E
Lemalu Tate Simi, Simon Corbell, Mark Crosweller, ACT ESA Commissioner and Samoan Fire and
Emergency Services Authority (FESA) Commissioner, Seve Tony Hill]

Simon Corbell has announced the handover of decommissioned emergency services vehicles to Samoa:

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today handed over the keys of three decommissioned ACT emergency services vehicles to the Samoan Government to assist in fire and emergency management in the Pacific Nation.

“It is a pleasure to be able to hand the keys of these three ACT emergency vehicles knowing that they will make a real difference to the capability of emergency services over in Samoa,” Mr Corbell said.

“The new vehicles will increase FESA Samoa’s equipment stocks to help them manage fires and other emergencies”

The donation follows a request to the ACT Emergency Services Agency by the Samoan Fire and Emergency Services Authority.

“The ACT has agreed to provide FESA Samoa with two former ACT Rural Fire Service fire tankers and one ex ACT Ambulance Service vehicle,” Mr Corbell said.

“All the vehicles are in good working and roadworthy order despite being past their use by life in the ACT.”


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andym andym 11:34 am 25 Nov 10

If you read the full release it states that Samoa actually asked for assistance, so unlikely to say no when its given.

dtc dtc 9:08 am 25 Nov 10

bitzermaloney said :

Some more political point scoring by ACT Labor.

It does come across as a very belittling act to our Samoan friends. “Here, have my 20yr old truck… it might have a few oil leaks and not as good milage, but hey it might get you to a fire.”

Well, at least its better than the patrol boats we gave to PNG (not sure which government did that). PNG cant afford to fuel the boats, cant afford to maintain them and dont have enough skilled personnel to use them. Mostly they sit in Port Moresby Harbour, rusting away, and are used as accommadation by the crew.

I’m pretty sure Samoa was happy to receive them. They can say no, they are grown ups.

The Traineediplomat The Traineediplomat 8:54 pm 24 Nov 10

Having served in Samoa, I think this is a great idea!

p1 p1 4:53 pm 24 Nov 10

Morgan said :

If they are in good working order, and are alright for the Samoans. Why arent we still using them?

What andym said. There is nothing “wrong” with a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sopwith_camel"Sopwith Camel either, but the RAAF still want better planes. Shame all they’ll get is the JSF.

bitzermaloney bitzermaloney 4:18 pm 24 Nov 10

Some more political point scoring by ACT Labor.

It does come across as a very belittling act to our Samoan friends. “Here, have my 20yr old truck… it might have a few oil leaks and not as good milage, but hey it might get you to a fire.”

andym andym 3:59 pm 24 Nov 10

1) Age – Although they have low mileage, they are getting on.
2) Lack of personal protection systems – see 1.
3) We got new ones (Many thanks to ACT tax payer) with excellent protection systems.
4) Room to store them.
5) Crews to crew them.

Morgan Morgan 2:48 pm 24 Nov 10

If they are in good working order, and are alright for the Samoans. Why arent we still using them?

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