Various agencies to join in disaster simulation exercise

Firemen demonstrating the “Spiderman technique”, one of the strategies used to save victims during a disaster here at Johor Fire and Rescue Department headquarters in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: About 700 personnel and people from various agencies will take part in a two-day disaster simulation exercise at five locations in Pasir Gudang from Oct 21 to 22.

The Fire and Rescue Department’s 19th Exercise Special Team Operations and Response Mechanism (Ex Storm) training will focus on how well the rescue teams respond to disasters that could occur in the future.

Johor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Mohd Rizal Buang said the exercise would include responding to emergency cases of ships collision, drowning, road collapse incidents, conducting evacuation drill, chemical leaks and fire at factories.

“The exercise will take place at Tanjung Langsat Port, Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) indoor stadium, Immigration quarters in Taman Air Biru, CCM Chemicals and Titan Lotte factories,” he said during a press conference at the state Fire and Rescue Department headquarters.

Mohd Rizal said the agencies that would take part in the programme included the police, Health Ministry, National Disaster Management Agency, Civil Defence, Environment Department, Metrological Department and others.

“The objective of conducting the exercise is to test the relevant agencies’ preparedness in handling such incidents besides testing the effectiveness of managing disasters according to the National Safety Council,” he said.

He added apart from that, Ex Storm could also become a platform for the agencies to analyse coordination of aid distribution during disasters.

“During the exercise, that will be held from 7pm on Oct 21 to 8am the next day, the ‘For Real’ team from Fire and Rescue Department will also be on standby in case of any real injury and emergency.

“There will be enough firemen who will be on standby at the station for other cases and incident,” he said.

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