Dept leans on technological advancement to fight fires

THE Fire and Rescue Department is equipped with machinery capable of carrying 20,000 litres of water for fire-fighting during the hot spell.

Fire and rescue operations division director Datuk Nor Hisham Mohammad said firefighters were ready to face any scenario that might occur during the south-west monsoon season.

“Most of the fires are in non-residential areas where there are no hydrants, so we are also prepared with a main pump module that can pump more water.

“The department also uses advanced technology such as satellite images and drones to detect fire locations faster,” he said during an interview on the Selamat Pagi Malaysia show broadcast live on Radio Televisyen Malaysia 1 yesterday.

Nor Hisham said the department was collaborating with other agencies such as the Environment Department, National Disaster Management Agency and the Irrigation and Drainage Department.

“When there is a fire, people think only of firefighters.

“We forget that for every strategy, one cannot stand alone and we need the cooperation of other agencies,” he said.

He highlighted that the Fire and Rescue Department had mobilised 345 volunteer fire brigades involving 14,000 members to be its eyes and ears to report on fires and put them out as well as advise the public.

“Besides that, the ‘Bomba Community’ programme has been implemented with more than 2,400 teams nationwide to address the issue of fires from dumpsites in the city and the suburbs,” he said, adding that public help was needed for the department to do its job efficiently. — Bernama

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