JOHOR BARU: It is all systems go for the Johor Fire and Rescue Department in preparing for the inter-monsoon period, which is expected to hit the country from now until next month.
Deputy director Pauzan Ahmad said the department had ensured rescue boats are in tip-top condition.
“All our personnel went through several training sessions, and we prepared at least one or two boats at each fire station in Johor.
We will activate our flood operation centre as soon as there are flood-related cases in the state, ” he said.
Pauzan said the department was also monitoring coastal areas in Johor, especially popular recreational sites, and would advise the public accordingly if the weather starts to turn.
State Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director First Marine Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria advised fishermen in Johor to be alert and check department-issued weather forecasts before going out to sea.
“They should also check their vessels and ensure they are operating well with no leakage or damage, especially to navigation lights, the engine and battery, while also ensuring having enough fuel.
“Fishermen should also make sure that they have safety equipment such as life jackets and safety buoys, ” he said.
He urge them to inform family members, friends or MMEA of their location before going out to sea and avoid using small boats that would not be able to withstand bad weather.
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