Caption: Graduate, Ivamere Radinimoala is flanked by proud parents, Simione Naikawalu and Mere Tupou with family members. Photo: MUNAUWAR KHAN.
By JOSEPHINE NAVULA
Twenty six year old, Ivamere Radinimoala’s lifelong dream has been fulfilled after she was the only female fire fighter of the fourteen that graduated at the Main fire station in Namaka, Nadi.
Originally from Vunibau in Serua, Radinimoala said her hard work has all paid off.
“I’ve always like to save people’s life, and it has also been my goal to do that. And here today, being the only female to graduate among my male colleagues was rewarding,” she said.
Chief Guest at the ceremony, Airports Fiji Limited Acting CEO, Naushad Ali said the fourteen were selected out of the 350 applicants they had received.
“The fourteen fire fighters that you have seen graduated here today are the replacements for those fire fighters that retired and passed away in the previous years,” he said.
Ali confirmed that about six fire fighters from all over departments in Fiji have retired and two passed away.
Also speaking to the guests present at the ceremony, Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Services Manager, Abdul Shaheed said the graduates had been well trained to be where they are today.
“They had undergone massive trainings of practical, theory and RFMF trainings,” he said.
The graduates went through six weeks of training and will commence work from next week Monday in Fire Departments in Nausori, Nadi and Matei.
The fourteen graduates are; Mesake Varo, Semi Degei, Metuisela Usamaki, Nasoni Katonisau, Mossim Ali, Vonivate Rabuiliku, Iowane Rasogo, Mosese Tuirewa, Nemani Raikuna, Petaita Lewai, Joeli Kurunabau, Koliniasi Qaqa and Ivamere Radinimoala.