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Koblerville Fire Station now FEMA facility

DEPARTMENT of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Commissioner Clyde Norita said the Koblerville fire station will now serve as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s permanent housing program facility.

“We’ve shut this down as a fire station since the typhoon. The assets have all been moved down to Susupe. This whole base will be turned into a FEMA facility. From here they will collect their needed supplies, materials and head out and start to either rebuild houses or build new ones,” Norita added.

FEMA has approved the CNMI’s request for the implementation of a permanent housing construction program.

Norita said the program will be launched in May or June with the Koblerville Fire Station as the staging area.

FEMA will lease the facility for “about a year-and-a-half,” he added.

“We have done this before when we renovated the fire station — there was no delay in response back then. The assets will remain available and we are ready to respond to any emergency calls that Koblerville Fire Station serves.”

On Wednesday, the fire department presented a Latte Plaque of Appreciation to the U.S Department of Defense for its contributions to the Super Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts.

“It’s an appreciation plaque from the DFEMS to Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield. We wanted to tell her how much we appreciated DoD and her leadership really. DoD has been a presence here since the beginning of the typhoon and its resources and manpower that were made available to us all during the time for recovery were tremendous,” Norita said.

“Right after the typhoon, Rear Admiral Chatfield was here…. She was committed to making sure that we received whatever DoD resources we requested. You’ve seen the response from the military. From the National Guard, to Reserves, to active duty service members from all over the Western Pacific — and we’re very appreciative of that. They provided resources that the CNMI badly needed.”