SIBU: Former fire and rescue personnel have been told to use their experience to give back to society.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh in speaking at Former Fire and Rescue Personnel Association’s Appreciation Night on Friday said though they have left the service, they could still play an active and positive role.
“Though you have retired, I hope you have not retired totally from community services like providing fire fighting work or even giving tips on precautionary measures that the people should take to prevent fire outbreak,” he said.
Wong said they were the right people for the task due to their wide experience.
He acknowledged that a fireman’s work is a very challenging and dangerous and constantly exposed to many life threatening elements.
“During emergency time in their effort to safeguard people and buildings from fire, firemen are confronted with dangerous situation such as exposure to toxic from factory. This is a heavy responsibility firemen have to soldier with,” he said.
Wong also called on former firemen to join the association so that their interest would be better protected.
Association chairman, William Jee said the objective of the association which was formed on May 5, 2012 was to take care of the members especially those who need help to buy medical equipment like wheelchair.
“We have 120 members statewide but from our formation we have not received any grant from the government,” he said.
Wong later contributed a government grant of RM10,000 to the association.