KUCHING: The Fire and Rescue Department plans to set up a cave rescue team at Mulu National Park.
Its director-general Datuk Hamdan Wahid said cave rescue could not be treated as general rescue as special expertise was needed.
“We believe that with proper training and skills, such a team will be able to operate more efficiently.
“We have formed two cave rescue teams in the peninsula – one in Perak and one in Pahang.
“We plan to set up one in Mulu, Sarawak, soon, ” Hamdan said after launching an excellence enhancement programme for zone and fire chiefs in Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan here yesterday.On July 12, a Dutch tourist and a local tour guide were swept away in flash floods inside a cave at Mulu National Park.
Hamdan also said the department planned to set up more Mountain Search and Rescue (Mosar) teams at popular hiking areas such as Kuala Tahan in Pahang.He said so far, there was only one Mosar team at Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.
“We have appointed 40 mountain guides as auxiliary officers for the Mosar in Sabah because they are familiar with Mount Kinabalu.
“After this, we plan to set up Mosar teams in areas in Peninsular Malaysia where there are hiking and recreational activities, ” he added.
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