JOHOR BARU: Three government hospitals are among 517 buildings in Johor that have yet to receive their Fire Certificate (FC) from the Fire and Rescue Department.
There are 2,530 high-risk buildings, including 10 hospitals, that are required to get the certificate in Johor, said department state director Datuk Yahaya Madis.
“We have conducted checks on all 10 government hospitals in Johor and have issued the certificate to seven of the hospitals.
“The remaining three hospitals are in the process of getting the certificate and we expect all of them to be able to get their FC by the end of this year or next year, ” he added.
He said this at a press conference after attending a Hari Raya Haji event between the Johor Fire and Rescue Department and a non-governmental organisation at the state department headquarters yesterday.
Asked to name the three hospitals and if Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) was one of them, Yahaya only named HSA.
On June 28, a fire broke out at a female ward in HSA but no injuries were reported.
This was the second time a fire broke out at the hospital, with the first incident taking place in 2016 when six patients were killed while four others were injured.
Yahaya also said that the department would keep a close eye on the hospitals while they were in the midst of completing the requirements to get the certification.
“We will ensure they have some form of fire emergency measures in place, including having an emergency response team (ERT), ” he added.
He also said that 2,013 high-risk buildings had received the FC, including 1,987 private buildings and 26 government ones.
“It is important for high-risk buildings to get the FC from the department as this would ensure the safety of the public in the event of a fire.”
A building could receive an order to shut down for failing to get the FC, Yahaya added.
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