RESIDENTS in Bandar Puteri, Puchong have been encouraged to work with the Fire and Rescue Department to ensure that the fire hydrants in the area are in working order and well maintained.
Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) councillor George Yap said the residents could help the department by ensuring that the hydrants were not vandalised or damaged.
“If there’s anyone willing to adopt the fire hydrants, that would be even better,” Yap said during a maintenance check with personnel from the department and MPSJ Zone 6 Residents’ Committee (JKP) members.
“We need to ensure that the hydrants are in working order at all times. Serious problems can occur if they are faulty or damaged. It is our responsibility to look out for cases of vandalism or any damage to allow the necessary action to be taken.
“Cases of people stealing water from fire hydrants to water their plants or wash their vehicles have been reported. We urge the residents here to inform Bomba or the committee if they see anything like this happening.
“Besides Bomba, MPSJ also has the right to fine those who break the law,” added Yap.
Puchong Fire and Rescue Department operations head Omar Atan echoed Yap’s call for the hydrants to be adopted.
“We encourage residents and shop owners to join the Friends of Fire Hydrants programme to adopt the hydrants and help us combat vandalism and damage,” said Omar.
“Some hydrants have parts missing, have been destroyed, or damaged by vehicles that knock into them.”
In instances when roads are resurfaced, a hydrant’s water chamber could also be blocked, making it difficult for firefighters to unlock the fixture.
“These situations can cause serious delays when we need to extinguish fires.
“If a hydrant doesn’t work, we would need to look for other water sources or find another hydrant which is usually 300m away,” added Omar.
He reminded the public not to block any hydrant with their vehicles.
“Blocking a hydrant by parking a vehicle in front of it can disrupt Bomba’s rescue efforts during an emergency.
“Keep out of the yellow box to avoid being fined by enforcement officers under Section 26, Act 341 of the Fire Rescue Act 1988, where an individual can be fined up to RM100.”
Omar said his unit followed a maintenance schedule to check the neighbourhood’s hydrants.
“We set aside at least three hours every Sunday to check the hydrants in Puchong but that is not enough as there are 515 fire hydrants just in Bandar Puteri.”
Those interested in joining the department’s Friends of Fire Hydrants programme can contact committee member Paramjeet Singh at 012-9309 353 or Nani at 012-5908542.