KUALA LUMPUR: The Fire and Rescue Department is set to get 90 more water tankers to help fight fires as the country braces for the next dry spell.
Its director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim said the tankers, which could carry up to 20,000 litres of water, were especially vital in areas with low pressure or no water.
“Currently, we have 40 water tankers available.
“Another 90 will be commissioned, with half expected to be ready by this year. Ten are coming by June or July.
“Even on normal days, water pressure is sometimes not strong enough. The water tankers are our back-up,” he said at the World Fire Fighters’ Day celebration here yesterday.
Wan Mohd Nor assured the public that they would be able to handle the situation if it was a normal dry spell.
“We hope the upcoming dry spell is not worse than before.
“If it is, then we’ll need public co-operation not to cause any fires, and to stop open burning and throwing their cigarette butts as fires can start very easily,” he said.
On whether they have sufficient personnel, Wan Mohd Nor said they might rope in volunteer fire fighters and from other agencies such as the Malaysia Civil Defence Department and Rela if need be.
Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, while saying that the department had enough assets to fight the flames, chided irresponsible folk who sparked fires.
“If they refrain from open burning or throwing cigarette butts, then it will help the Fire and Rescue Department reduce their workload,” he said.
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