It was a bittersweet event as Tonga Fire and Emergency Services marked the retirement of Acting Deputy Fire Commissioner (Administration) Tongamana ‘Olie on Friday, 19 January 2018. Acting Deputy Fire Commissioner ‘Olie served as the Officer Commanding of the Human Resource Division of TFES, a post he attained in 2012.
First enrolling with TFES on the 1st July 1981, Acting Deputy Fire Commissioner ‘Olie has served TFES loyally for almost 37 years. One of the rare remaining pioneers of Tonga’s fire department, Acting Deputy Fire Commissioner ‘Olie graduated in a recruit cohort that also included TFES’ current Commissioner for Fire and Emergencies, Lofia Heimuli.
During his years with us, he had risen through the ranks from Recruit Fireman to Fire Commander (HR Division) and took on the mantle of Acting Deputy Fire Commissioner (Administration) upon leave of current Deputy Fire Commissioner, Viliami Tu’ihalamaka.
Acting Deputy Fire Commissioner ‘Olie’s retirement celebration was a two part ceremony, beginning with a formal service attended by the Minister of Police and Fire & Emergency Services, Honourable Mateni Tapueluelu; Commissioner of Fire and Emergency Services, Lofia Heimuli; Ministry Chaplain, Reverend Viliami Fanaika; Commissioner of Police, Stephen J. Caldwell; Minister of Justice and Prisons, Honourable Sione Vuna Fa’otusia;Acting Deputy Fire Commissioner ‘Olie’s family and friends, and other honoured guests.
The celebration feast, hosted by TFES members and their families, saw dances performed by bothActing Deputy Fire Commissioner ‘Olie’s family and TFES. Speeches from select honoured guests acknowledged Acting Deputy Fire Commissioner ‘Olie’s long service to the department and thanked him for the work and care he had put into TFES.
The best wishes are extended to Acting Deputy Fire Commissioner ‘Olie from the TFES family and though he has left the fold, he remains in the heart-blood of the department.