WELCOME TO SAMOA FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES AUTHORITY OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Since 2007 when it became a public body, the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (SFESA) had drastically developed from a solely fire suppression respondent to a multi emergencies response service agent. The expansion of the Authority’s area of responsibility to beyond a five (5) miles radius has broadened the Authority’s Vision in enhancing its resources and capabilities to respond to any type of emergency in Samoa. Through the Authority’s close collaboration with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Melbourne Australia, and additional support from New Zealand, Germany, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), more fire appliances for structural and forest fires and rescue equipment were donated.
This draft CP 2017-2020 is formed from the review of the CP 2015-2017, to determine what has been achieved and also activities that need to be carried forward to the new CP. It ensures to fulfill a number of purposes as follows:
It considers the threats and opportunities that we face and the innovative new approaches we are developing to continue to deliver our goals and objectives;
- It serves our statutory duty to provide an integrated risk management plan by summarizing how through planning, we consider all fire and rescue related dangers that could affect our communities and how we can tackle them;
- It explains how we will engage with our communities and stakeholders as we make changes going forward; and
- It provides some detail of the outcomes we are targeting and how we will measure our performances.
Currently, with fire decreasing and other incidents (paramedic services, vehicle accidents, search and rescue, chemical spills and others) increasing, it is essential we maintain and diversify the skills of our firefighters by ongoing local and overseas training opportunities.
The role of SFESA as the lead agency in preventing and suppressing fires that affect any type of property, forests and additional roles in emergency prevention and response also contributes to the strengthening of Samoa’s resilience to all types of disasters and emergencies caused by natural and or human induced hazards.
Budget spending reductions with increasing demands require that in order to constantly improve the quality of our services, it is essential that we fundamentally change the way that we deliver them. We therefore resort to our innovative partnerships to make our communities safer, help the delivery of our goals and to maximise our efforts in providing greater value for money.
Furthermore, SFESA being a Public Beneficial Body under the Public Bodies (Performance and Accountability) Act 2001 also provides another clear linkage to the SDS in particular Goal 6 which emphasized improved governance. Hence the existence of this CP is another milestone measuring it’s compliance with these requirements.