PUTRAJAYA: A total of RM10.2bil worth of property and goods were saved by the Fire and Rescue Department in 24,718 fires nationwide last year, director-general Datuk Jaafar Sidek Tambi said yesterday.
He said that during the same period, almost RM1bil was lost in fires involving 1,445 squatter homes, 326 shops, 261 factories and 158 stores.
Jaafar said the most number of cases handled by the department involved bush and forest fires, which totalled about 13,294 cases, fires in dwellings (2,887 cases) and vehicles (1,301 cases).
“During the same period, 43 people were killed in the fires,” he said, adding that the department also planned to spend about RM2mil to organise fire prevention campaigns.
He was speaking to reporters after presenting pilot's wings to five fire officers who had graduated from their pilot's training in Brisbane, Australia. He had earlier officiated the department's annual parade here.
“We hope to send another six officers for similar courses this year,” Jaafar said, adding that the department planned to train as many as 30 pilots.
He said the department's two helicopters were at present operated with the assistance of the air force.
“We expect to get two more new helicopters within the next few months,” he said, adding that they also planned to shift the operations of the department's air wing unit to a permanent location in Bukit Jelutong from its present location at Aircraft Overhaul Depot (Airod) in Subang.
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