Fire Dept to freeze leave if Perak floods worsen

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  • Monday, 21 Oct 2019

IPOH: The Perak Fire and Rescue Department will freeze leave of its personnel if the flood situation worsens.

State director Azmi Osman said currently, only between 10% and 20% of personnel were allowed to go on leave, following the recent flash floods in several districts.

“Our strength now comprises 1,100 officers, 220 auxiliary and 880 volunteer firefighters.

“In the event we need extra help, we will seek assistance from neighbouring states, including boats and trucks,” he said.

Azmi said they have mobilised 10 trucks, 30 four-wheel drive vehicles and 44 boats for flood operations around the state.

He said they have identified several high risk areas such as Sungai Siput, Kerian and Hilir Perak, and have been monitoring the areas regularly.

In Johor Baru, a total of 1,250 firemen were ready to face the coming flood season in the state.

Johor director Datuk Yahaya Madis said apart from the flood, they would also be on duty during the Tanjung Piai by-election as well as the upcoming school examination period next month.

He said various preparations had been made, including equipment, machinery, training, monitoring in areas of ​​potential impact, as well as the possibility of freezing the leave of personnel. — Bernama

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