KOTA KINABALU: Over 200 people living in the outskirts of the city have equipped themselves with basic disaster response skills after participating in a two-day programme organised by Petronas and Sabah Fire and Rescue Department.
They came from Tuaran, Kimanis, Beaufort and Sipitang to participate in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training at the Sabah Gas Terminal near here.
They were taught the basic disaster response such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organisation and disaster medical operations including first aid and CPR by the firemen.
Head of Petronas Sabah and Labuan, Rokiah Sulaiman, said the programme aimed to strengthen the emergency response capabilities of the communities.
“We hope with this programme, they will become effective early responders to help their community in times of emergency, ” she said yesterday.
Her speech was read by Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (Sabah Assets) Head of Production, Muin Masri.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Jaujan Sambakong officiated the programme.
Petronas contributed safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, safety helmets and life jackets.
The CERT programme is Petronas’ Corporate Social Responsibility effort for those living far from the reach of emergency authorities.