Fishermen at hotspots to be roped in as voluntary firefighters

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  • Friday, 28 Feb 2020

IPOH: Fishermen at hotspot areas will be appointed as volunteer firemen to assist the Fire and Rescue Department.

Its director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid (pic) said these fishermen would be sent for training.

"The statistics for drowning cases are at least three times higher than burning. By appointing these fishermen, they will help us to monitor hotspot areas, especially during the monsoon season.

"Should there be any activities held by the public at hotspot areas, these fishermen will be our eyes and ears. They will also have the authority to not allow the public to enter high risk areas for safety purposes," he told reporters after attending the its Perak special award ceremony held at Dewan Serbaguna JBPM here Friday (Feb 28).

"So far, we have identified hotspot areas in Kelantan and Terengganu. We will also appoint an officer at Kuala Tahan national park in Pahang for the same purpose.

"At least 30 fishermen from these states will undergo 100 hours of basic courses in Pahang.

Mohammad Hamdan said that the idea to have volunteer firemen stationed at these areas came from hiring locals as part of the Mountain Search and Rescue team (Mosar) at Mount Kinabalu since 2015.

"We received positive outcomes from hiring the locals for our Mosar team. Hopefully it will be the same for this programme as well," he said.

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