IN an emergency, flustered and panic-king motorists have difficulty remembering the right numbers to call.
Now Balik Pulau residents in Penang can contact the relevant authorities easily and much faster. Ten signboards displaying emergency numbers have been put up in accident-prone areas there.
The bright yellow signboards show the phone numbers of the district police headquarters, hospital and fire stations.
Pulau Betong assemblyman Muhammad Farid Saad, who sponsored the signboards, said the phone numbers displayed were direct lines.
“Instead of dialling 999 which may take you a while to get connected to the right department, the numbers on the signboards are direct lines for faster access,” he said after one of the signboards was put up at Taman Sri Indah on Thursday.
Also present were Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Mohd Hatta Mohd Zain, deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Lai Fah Hin, Balik Pulau Fire and Rescue Services Department officer Rosmadi Baharuddin and Balik Pulau Hospital assistant medical officer Mohd Kamal Omar.
Muhammad Farid added that this year, the Balik Pulau Fire and Rescue Services Department had received 23 calls concerning fires.
“During the same period, the department also received 45 calls for special assistance which included clearing wasp nests.
“Last year, the Balik Pulau Hospital received 563 calls for ambulance services,” he said.