KUANTAN: The public has been assured that the fire prevention system installed by companies with petrochemical interests in the Gebeng industrial area here is up to the mark.
Gebeng Emergency Mutual Aid (Gema) president and state fire and rescue department director Abdul Ghani Daud noted that the public had expressed concern about the companies’ operations.
He added that each of the plant even had its own emergency rescue team with members who were qualified to handle any incident.
“All plants have a computerised monitoring system that directly links to the fire station which enables immediate action to be taken.
“Emergency action plans have already been established and they meet the required specifications,” he said in his speech, read out by deputy president Abu Bakar Yaakob, before the signing up of new Gema members at Petronas Gas Berhad’s Centralised Utility Facility here yesterday.
They were Gas Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Petronas Gas Bhd and Flexsys Chemicals (M) Sdn Bhd. There are 17 Gema members now.
It was followed by a 75-minute emergency drill, showing ways to manage fire and caustic chemical spillage, and attend to injured workers.
Abdul Ghani said the aim of the drill was to further strengthen co-ordination and co-operation among Government agencies and Gema members on ways to manage industrial disaster.
State secretary Datuk Abdul Rahim Abdul, who was represented by deputy state secretary Datuk Mohidin Seman, said Gebeng housed among the largest petrochemical companies in the country and that an effective disaster control management was essential.
He added that if one member failed to perform, it could affect the whole industry and the state wanted to avoid incidents such as that in Bhopal, India where a major gas leak killed thousands of people.