Malaysia Celebrates International Fire Fighters' Day

Last update: 05/05/2015

KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 (Bernama) -- The World Fire Fighters' Day 2015 was celebrated in Malaysia today in a spirit of preparedness in facing disasters and focusing on boosting the quality of service.

The enthusiasm was understandable as proven by the numerous successes recorded by members of the Fire and Rescue Department (JBDP) nationwide.

In MELAKA, the state JBDP said property worth RM478.3 million were saved in the first six months of this year compared to RM152.7 million in the same period last year.

Its deputy chief, Sohaimi Mohamed said it involved 1,686 cases of fire, rescues and special tasks compared to 3,213 cases in the same period last year.

"We successfully saved property worth twice the amount in the first four months this year compared to last year. It involved the cooperation of the public who reported such cases taking place around them," he said at the state- level celebration.

In JOHOR, JBDP deputy director Mohd Yusof Mohd Gunnos said RM370 million in property belonging to the members of the public were saved from January to April 30.

He said the duty of the department was not only focused on putting out fires but was also involved in 1,561 rescue operations involving drowning, road mishaps and numerous disasters, during the same period.

In KEDAH, the celebration was made all the merrier by the demonstration of stoutness of spirit and disregard for borders when the Kedah JBDP, concerned by the earthquake incident in Nepal, was prepared to send its Kedah Special Tactical Operation and Rescue Team of Malaysia (STORM) to the ravaged country.

Its deputy director Awang Hidzel Awang Bujang said the Kedah STORM tea, comprised 11 members who were ready to be mobilised to Nepal.

"If their service is required and an order is issued to go there to help, they are ready," he said at a state level celebration in Alor Star, Kedah, today.

In PERLIS, the state JBDP wants to boost the service of its members to ensure public safety by recruiting more support firemen to ease the burden of the existing firemen.

Its deputy director, Mohd Salahudin Isa said this would enable JBDP to operate a 12-hour shift from the 24-hour shift to look after the welfare of firemen.

He said the firemen also wanted to boost the quality of the response time following a report.

In NEGERI SEMBILAN, 15 firemen received certificates of appreciation for their committment and excellence exhibited last year.

State JBDP assistant director (Operations) Ahmad Mukhlis Mukhtar said 180 firemen of various ranks and 50 volunteer firemen attended the state level celebration, today.

Meanwhile in SABAH, Labuan Fire and Rescue Department celebrated the 2015 World Firefighters' Day in a different way by giving certificates of appreciation to eight members of the media for their hard work and contribution.

Representatives of the Malaysian National News agency, Radio Televisyen Malaysia, New Sabah Times, Borneo Post, Berita Harian, Sea Hua Daily News and Overseas Chinese Daily News (OCDN) received the certificates from Labuan Member of Parliament Datuk Rozman Isli.

According to Labuan JBDP director Zainal Madasin, 23 government and private bodies, also seven of Labuan Emergency Mutual Aid in the oil and gas (O&G) and energy establishments also received the appreciations.