SOUTH SUDAN / FIRE TRUCKS DONATION

26-Jun-2020 00:02:37
Five years of civil war have devastated infrastructure and community services across South Sudan. With only one fire truck that often broke down, it has been impossible for local authorities to provide much-needed protection in Juba. Firefighters serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have done their best to bolster local services by rapidly responding to assist during large blazes. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / FIRE TRUCKS DONATION
TRT: 02:37
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 JUNE 2020, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Various of Fire Trucks and equipment being donated
2. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary- General and Head of UNMISS:
“I know that you are a little short on fire trucks at the moment and we have been assisting you in the past, but I’m hoping that these two trucks – one is a proper fire engine that pumps about 250 litres a minute and the other is a tanker which holds 10,000 of water - which means that when you go somewhere and have a fire, there will be enough water there to put the fire out.”
3. Close up, Fire Truck keys in a box
4. Wide, SRSG handing over keys
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Pascal Lado, Director of Central Equatoria State Fire Services:
“It has been quite a good time with the UNMISS firefighters because whenever there was a fire outbreaks in Juba, we could request assistance from UNMISS and their response was prompt. Now that you have given us the trucks, we are going to exert our efforts in order to protect people’s lives and properties so that they live comfortably.”
6. Various shots, UNMISS Fire fighters showing their South Sudanese counterparts how to use the trucks
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“It’s a very good moment for us today. It represents the very good cooperation between the UN, UNMISS and South Sudan. We hope there are no fires. It is always good to be here ready but never have to take action. But if we have to take action, then in the future we will be able to do it more effectively.”
8. Various shots, Fire Trucks leaving the UNMISS Compound
STORYLINE
Five years of civil war have devastated infrastructure and community services across South Sudan. The lack of adequate fire prevention and fighting services has been a huge problem with large fires routinely damaging markets, homes and taking lives, particularly in the capital where communities live and work in congested conditions.

With only one fire truck that often broke down, it has been impossible for local authorities to provide much-needed protection in Juba. Firefighters serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have done their best to bolster local services by rapidly responding to assist during large blazes.

However, this was a challenge given the Mission has only four international fire services personnel, supported by national staff, who are required to cover all fire prevention and response 24/7. So, UNMISS decided the best way to help was to hand-over some much-needed equipment.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“I know that you are a little short on fire trucks at the moment and we have been assisting you in the past, but I’m hoping that these two trucks – one is a proper fire engine that pumps about 250 litres a minute and the other is a tanker which holds 10,000 of water - which means that when you go somewhere and have a fire, there will be enough water there to put the fire out.”

In addition to the vehicles, UNMISS also provided protective equipment, including trousers and jackets, boots and helmets, as well as hoses and other tools.

SOUNDBITE: Major General Pascal Lado, Director of Central Equatoria State Fire Services:
“It has been quite a good time with the UNMISS firefighters because whenever there was a fire outbreaks in Juba, we could request assistance from UNMISS and their response was prompt. Now that you have given us the trucks, we are going to exert our efforts in order to protect people’s lives and properties so that they live comfortably.”
The Head of UNMISS paid tribute to the firefighters from South Sudan as well as those working for the peacekeeping mission who show true courage by risking their lives to save others. He acknowledged the strong relationship between the local and international firefighting teams.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS:
“It’s a very good moment for us today. It represents the very good cooperation between the UN, UNMISS and South Sudan. We hope there are no fires. It is always good to be here ready but never have to take action. But if we have to take action, then in the future we will be able to do it more effectively.”

As the South Sudanese fire-fighters proudly drove their new trucks away, UNMISS has pledged to provide further training and support to ensure that, together, they can protect civilians and their livelihoods so they can look forward to a brighter future.
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