13 Aug 2014

Report says American Samoa fire equipment outdated

3:35 pm on 13 August 2014

Too few fire trucks in American Samoa and poor equipment have been blamed for the fire bureau's inability to put out fires.

The Department of Public Safety has produced a report, by the director of Office of Fraud, Preventions and Investigations, Save Liuato.

His report is being reviewed by the Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga.

The report says there are only three fire trucks in operation to fight fires on the island of Tutuila.

One truck is stationed at each of the fire stations in Fagatogo, Tafuna and Leone.

According to the report, all of the fire trucks in operation are over 10 years old.

For fire fighter equipment, there only 45 safety suits available for the 62 fire fighters on island.

The suits are more than 20 years old with most of them torn while suits for hazardous material or HAZMAT handlers are obsolete.