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PASIR SALAK, April 2 – The Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) and Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) are encouraging people to volunteer as firefighters to respond to an emergency like fire, drowning or road accident.
KPKT secretary-general, Datuk Zainal Abidin Abu Hassan, said after launching a new fire and rescue station (BBP) in Jalan Kampung Setia, Kampung Gajah today that the intention is to recruit volunteers from within the local community.
“Actually, we have many community empowerment programmes but they need restructuring to be more systematic.
“A main focus is the 8,000 komuniti rukun tetangga (KRT [neighbourhood groups]) across the country which we believe can help maintain public peace and security,” he said.
Today’s launch ceremony was attended by JBPM director-general, Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid, JBPM Perak director, Azmi Osman and Pasir Salak member of Parliament, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.
Built over 3.2ha, the RM2.9mln BBP Kampung Gajah with a crew of 19 was ready on Oct 7 last year and started operating on Jan 4 this year.
Zainal said it will improve the time it takes to attend to an emergency because the nearest fire station is BBP Teluk Intan, about 40km away.
“With a station located here, we can ensure that the response time is less than 10 minutes, in line with the KPI (key performance indicators),” he said.