BINTULU: The 1Malaysia Sarawak Advisory Council (1MSAC) has sponsored 130 fire-fighting systems at longhouses across the state.
The most recent longhouse to receive the system was Rh Henry Nuni Plen at Sebauh, about 60km from here.
The system has been installed at the 53-door longhouse and was declared ready for use by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during his meet-the-people session on Monday.
Rh Henry Nuni Plen is one of the largest timber longhouses left in Sarawak. It was partially damaged by fire in the early 1980s.
According to a press release, longhouses that are the most isolated are being prioritised for the installation of the fire-fighting systems.
“Last year, based on feedback from the Sarawak State Implementation Unit, 1MSAC started a project to equip longhouses with fire-fighting systems. This is especially important to out-of-reach longhouses that are far away from fire and rescue services,” said a council statement.
“This system we are installing is much more comprehensive as a fire-fighting measure. Existing fire-fighting tools at longhouses like fire extinguishers is not sufficient for big fires. The situations can be compounded by lack of water supply to combat fires.”
It added that the cost per system was roughly RM15,000, and that so far around RM2mil had been spent.
Each system consists of an independent 800-gallon water tank, which is separate from longhouses’ water supply. These fire-fighting tanks are connected to a high-powered water pump, with its own independent electricity supply.
“The system is able to pump 30 gallons of water every minute, reaching 50ft in distance, for up to 30 minutes.”
The 1MSAC is chaired by Julau MP Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum.