KOTA KINABALU: A search and rescue (SAR) simulation exercise was held at Mount Kinabalu on Tuesday to commemorate the third anniversary of the fatal earthquake that took 18 lives on June 5, 2015.
Some 200 rescuers from various agencies such as the Royal Malaysian Police, Sabah Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force, Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team, as well as the Mount Kinabalu Guides and Porters Association took part in the exercise.
The simulation lasted for eight and a half hours, from 7am to 4.30pm.
Other than commemorating the tragedy, the exercise was also carried out to boost the effectiveness and coordination of rescue agencies.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew reportedly said the exercise would improve the standard operating procedure of mountain rescue and reduce the response time.
“In addition, this simulation will also provide confidence to climbers that the World Heritage Site is safe for climbing,” she was quoted as saying by Bernama.