Less fire-related cases

JOHOR BARU: Johor had recorded a drop in fire-related cases last year with only 3,419 reported cases to 4,029 in 2010.

State Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Ab Ghani Daud attributed this to better awareness among the public and programmes organised to educate them on the dangers of fire.

He said the department had received 6,498 calls last year where 3,419 were fire emergency calls while in 2010 a total of 6,752 calls were made of which 4,029 were fire emergency calls.

“Despite the drop in cases, we will continue to educate the public on the right procedures in response if a fire breaks out.

“The department regularly hold talks with educational institutions, resident associations, businesses and hotels where our officers would teach the public to deal with cases of emergencies those involving fire.”

He added that such is the department’s job and responsibility in educating the public.

“Our investigations showed that human errors are the main causes of fire and this can be prevented from happening if precautions are made,” he said.

Ab Ghani said among the errors identified include conducting open burnings, smoking within an inflammable enclosure, unplugging electrical appliances without switching off the circuit board and leaving gas stoves unattended.

He added that in 2010, assets worth RM109mil were either lost or badly damaged by fire statewide, but the figure had significantly declined to RM9.28mil last year.

The department, said Ab Ghani, had also received fewer prank calls.

“Making a prank call is not funny.

“We are able to track the calls and take action on the pranksters,” he said.

In relation to the matter, Ab Ghani also commended his officers who worked around the clock to save lives and discharged their duties with full responsibility.

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