20 Jan 2017

RAMSI hands over new station to Solomon Islands police

3:58 pm on 20 January 2017

The regional assistance mission to Solomon Islands has handed over the keys to a new multi-million dollar fire and rescue station in the capital, Honiara.

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Photo: RNZI Koroi Hawkins

RAMSI said the new station marked the last major step in ensuring the police would be fully equipped when the Australian-led mission leaves the country in July.

The central Honiara station will be the headquarters for police, firefighters, first and emergency responders, and it also includes a training centre.

RAMSI's special co-ordinator Quinton Devlin said when the mission arrived in 2003 the fire service was in tatters, and with training from Australian firefighters, the service had been completely rebuilt.

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