Praslin to get its own fire station


Messrs Wang and Morel exchange documents after signing the contract agreement

The fire station will be built on 2,419.74 square metres of state land on Eve Island at Baie St Anne and will be funded by the government of Seychelles at a total cost of R21,519,424.62. 

The contract for the construction of the station was signed yesterday morning by the chief fire officer André Morel on behalf of the Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency, and managing director Wang Shouyou on behalf of QingJian International (Seychelles) Group Development Co. Ltd, the company which has been awarded the contract to build the station.

Attending the signing ceremony, which took place at Independence House, were the Minister for Home Affairs and Transport Joel Morgan, Member of the National Assembly for Baie Ste Anne Praslin Natasha Esther, the district’s administrator Kennet Pointe, senior officers of the Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency and representatives from the Intrepid Consultancy Pty Ltd, the firm which the agency has contracted to oversee the project on its behalf.

The new fire station will be a one-storey building.  The ground floor will consist of four offices, three stores, one recreational room, one kitchen, a 36-seater dining room, two showers and restrooms (male and female), 14 bedrooms, one tea room, lockers as well as an appliance bay.

The first floor will comprise one lecture room, two offices, one national disaster common centre, one library, three bedrooms, two guest rooms, two showers (male and female), one kitchenette, one washing area, one ironing area, one sitting area and an open drying area.

The new fire station forms part of the agency’s Strategic Plan: 2012-2016 goal to improve response to emergencies by decentralising the services.

“This historic moment also testifies, once again, the commitment of the government of Seychelles in ensuring that the agency gets the necessary supports required to bring its services closer to the community in order to respond to their needs in a more efficient and effective manner,” a communique from the agency said.

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