SIBU: The state Fire and Rescue Department requires another 25 fire stations to be able to provide better services to the community.
At present, there are 34 fire stations in Sarawak.
Its director Khirudin Drahman said based on a study, additionalstations were needed at strategic and high-risk areas.
“With more stations, we can also respond to emergencies faster, ” he said after inspecting the new Sibu Jaya station.
Khirudin acknowledged that building a new station was costly and that the construction project would depend on the allocation given by the government.
He said for now, several measures have been identified to provide better service, such as increasing the number of Voluntary Fire Brigade (PBS) and Community Fire Brigade (PBK).
“Apart from that, we will get new equipment to help us do our jobs better.
“We will also get nine Rapid Intervention Motorcycle (RIM) units to enhance fire operations and rescue work, ” he added.
On the Sibu Jaya station, he said it was expected to begin operations on Oct 1.
He said the station would have 32 firefighters and officers.
“Sibu Jaya station cost RM58mil to build. It will serve the Sibu Jaya township, Durin, Kemuyang and Sibu Hospital, ” he explained.
Also present at the event was the Sibu Zone 4 fire chief Janggan Muling.