MALACCA: Eighteen firemen were sacked for various offences this year.
They were among 32 cases out of a total of 47 that were referred to the Fire and Rescue Disciplinary Board for absenteeism, drug abuse, drug trafficking and other criminal activities.
The others were suspended from duty, warned, fined and given other penalties.
Department director-general Datuk Jaafar Sidek Tambi said although the cases represented only 0.3% of the 12,000 firemen in the country, the matter was viewed seriously.
“To me, this is an alarming level,” said Jaafar, who is chairman of the disciplinary board.
“In fact, as a disciplined team, there should not be any such cases at all,” he said, adding that those with disciplinary problems would be sent for special training courses.
Jaafar was launching the department’s open day at its new headquarters in Jalan Tun Hamzah, Bukit Katil, yesterday.
Thirty nine staff members received medals and other awards for excellence in their work.
On staff shortages, Jaafar said firemen were trained to be “multi-skilled”.
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