KUALA LUMPUR: The Fire and Rescue Department has begun its helicopter patrols during the Hari Raya holiday season to monitor traffic, especially when accidents occur, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
“Four helicopters comprising two units of MI 17 and two units of Agusta will monitor traffic at strategic places and accident-prone areas,” he said.
A 50-member team, trained for multi-skill including First Response Life Support, would respond to any emergency by air, said Ong.
“We also have a total of 3,000 firemen from 238 stations including 67 stations near the highways,” he said.
He added that the road patrol unit would make its rounds every three hours.
Ong said the patrols would also monitor fires.
He advised parents to keep an eye on children playing with fire or fireworks.
Wishing all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya, Ong urged the people to answer the call by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to have a safe and caring festival.