14 Aug 2010

Samoa's fire service lacks equipment to rescue from tall building - opposition MP

10:00 am on 14 August 2010

Concerns are being raised that the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority lacks the necessary equipment to rescue people from multi-storey buildings in the event of a fire.

The Opposition MP Levaopolo Talatonu, says the Prime Minister and his Cabinet Ministers, who have offices in the six-storey Government Building, are among those who could be in danger.

But the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has dismissed the concern telling Parliament that the Government has machines that can reach the highest trees and sling fire fighters up to allow them to carry out rescue work.

Levaopolo says the Prime Minister is very foolish to take the matter lightly.

He says if the Prime Minister is referring to cranes, the Government doesn't own any and securing one from the private sector in an emergency would take too long.