Finance Ministry becomes first govt agency to set up own response team

Safety first: Zaitun (right) presenting a certificate to Mat Noor at the event in Putrajaya.

THE Finance Ministry (MoF) has established its own Civil Defence Emergency Response Team (CDERT) in Putrajaya to attend to emergencies or conduct rescue works in the areas surrounding its ministry building.

Treasury deputy secretary-general (Policy) Datuk Mat Noor Nawi said at least 100 MoF staff members had shown interest in joining the ministry’s CDERT, which was set up by the Malaysian Civil Defence Department (JPAM).

“The idea behind the setting up of our own CDERT unit came to me when I witnessed the floods in Kelantan last year and saw how JPAM conducted the rescue works.

“Although lacking in term of assets, they did not lack in spirit and commitment.

“This is the kind of commitment we would like to see among the ministry staff,” said Mat Noor at the launch of the ministry’s CDERT unit recently.

Being the first ministry to have its own emergency response team, Mat Noor, who was appointed the chief of the team, said it was committed to providing help to other ministry and government agency buildings nearby in the event of an emergency.

JPAM director-general Datuk Zaitun Ab Samad said there were currently about 100 CDERTs in the whole country.

“Other ministries and government agencies are also in talks with us to set up their own CDERT and we welcome them. MoF is the first ministry to do so.

“In an emergency, a few seconds can make a difference between life and death. That’s why it is important to have standby teams like the CDERT to attend to emergencies before the full rescue team arrives,” said Zaitun.

She said the new members of the team would attend basic training under JPAM on how to handle emergencies.

“They will be taught all the basics first. Those interested to know more will be encouraged to learn the more advanced skills,” said Zaitun.

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