JOHOR BARU: The Johor Fire and Rescue Department has placed its personnel at all 32 fire stations across the state on alert for the northeast monsoon season.
All 1,410 personnel are prepared for any emergency that arises.
Johor is experiencing heavy rain every day and the northeast monsoon is expected to hit next month and continue until March next year.
Department director Datuk Yahaya Madis said the personnel were from general works and special units such as Water Rescue Unit, Multi Skill Team as well as Special Tactical Operation and Rescue Team Malaysia.
“All those deployed are well-trained and ready to handle any situation, including rescue operations.
“Each station has been equipped with a rescue boat and other necessary items, ” said Yahaya, adding that currently the department has two Kevlar boats, two amphibious rigid inflatable boats, 38 aluminium boats and one fibre boat.
The department also prepared 926 personal floating devices, life jackets, 41 portable generators, 18 lighting balloon and 77 rescue ropes.
Yahaya said although the department was conducting ongoing surveillance, the public, especially those living in flood-prone areas, must monitor their surroundings as well, using phone applications that could be downloaded for free or check other channels for updates on the flood situation.
“Some of the available apps are MyCuaca from the Malaysian Meteorological Department, Welfare Department app, Public Works Department website and the Drainage and Irrigation Department website, ” he said.
Yahaya said during the monsoon season, the public should take precautions to stay safe.
“Avoid areas inundated with water, touching electrical wires and make sure to pack important documents and valuables in waterproof bags to keep them safe from floodwaters and also in case of evacuation.
“If asked to evacuate, do so quickly and only return to the house when given the nod by the authorities.
“Most importantly, during the rainy season keep a close eye on children.
“They may be tempted to play in the rain, swim in floodwaters and overflowing drains.
“This is not safe and could lead to mishaps, ” said Yahaya.