Protective gear for frontliners


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

Wee (centre) handing over the PPE and mineral water to Tiong (right). — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: The state Fire and Rescue Department has received a helping hand for its personnel who are carrying out sanitisation operations as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions and local company Home-Max Design Sdn Bhd donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to the department.

The donation was handed over by the federation’s president Datuk Richard Wee to state fire and rescue assistant director Tiong Ling Hii at the Padungan fire station here.

Fire and Rescue personnel disinfecting a mosque in Kota Samarahan to curb the spread of Covid-19. - FilepicFire and Rescue personnel disinfecting a mosque in Kota Samarahan to curb the spread of Covid-19. - Filepic

“We have disposable raincoats, masks and gloves for them. We also donated 50 cartons of mineral water to the frontliners.

“They are doing an important job and they are our heroes, ” Home-Max director Gary Ong said.

Welcoming the donation, Tiong said it would come in useful for the personnel involved in disinfecting public places.

“We are carrying out the sanitisation exercise every day, so there is an urgent need for PPE.

“We have our own acquisition but it is not enough, so we are thankful that there are others donating it to us. This will help to reduce our burden and give moral support to our personnel, ” he said.

Tiong said the equipment would be distributed to the department’s personnel around the state where sanitisation operations were being done.

“Most of it will be for fire stations in Kuching and Samarahan. They are doing a lot of operations daily as these two areas are red zones.

“We will also send some to Sibu, Miri and Bintulu, ” he said, adding that the department had carried out more than 50 operations in Sarawak since the exercise began on March 30.

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