KUALA LUMPUR: A team of firefighters used both brains and brawn to stop an attempted suicide at the 15th floor of the Salak Selatan People’s Housing Project (PPR) .
City Fire and Rescue Department Senior Operations Commander Rohaizad Ruzali said 22 firefighters were deployed to the scene at 2.09pm Monday after receiving a distress call 13 minutes earlier.
Rohaizad said the team used a psychological approach to dissuade the man, believed to be in his 30s, from jumping off a ledge on the 15th floor.
Firefighters monitored the situation from the 16th floor and inflated a rescue air bag on the ground floor.
Rohaizad said the mission was challenging because the team had to work in a space that restricted their movements.
“We were also unsure if he would react aggressively to us.
“As soon as we managed to get close to him, we held on tight and quickly equipped him with safety gear. This is to bring him to safety as soon as possible,” he said.
Rohaizad said the rescue operation ended at around 3.30pm.
A first responder at the scene said the man had set fire to his own house in Desa Petaling last year, which left him broke and homeless.
He claimed that the man was mentally ill.