Fire-fighting campaign launched in gas pipeline areas

Ngau (holding a spade) after erecting a new signboard in a village in Ulu Baram.

MIRI: A major campaign on disaster handling, especially fire-prevention and fire-fighting have started along the Sabah-Sarawak interstate gas pipeline project route in central Borneo.

All the villages and schools located along the 600km route will be given specific instructions to help them counter fire incidents.

This include students living in the boarding schools along the route.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department with Petronas, which operated the pipeline, were conducting training programmes for residents.

Yesterday, firemen from Miri trained the villagers in Long Kevok, Long Leng and Long Latei to fight fire.

“There is a big population of people and schools along the gas pipeline route.

“All of them must be fully prepared to deal with the possiblity of fire incidents and other natural disasters,” Ngau said after erecting new signboards in Long Bedian. The signboard shows a list of villages that are involved in the project.

He thanked Fire and Rescue Department as well as Petronas for initiating the programme in Baram, in an effort to tackle fire outbreaks in the remote areas.

Ngau said the training programme should be emphasised for remote settlements along the pipeline.

“These settlements must be equipped with more fire extinguishers and pressure pumps.

“Villagers there must be taught how to form rescue and fire-fighting squads in time of emergency, he stressed.

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