Only one way to douse ‘fire’

I CONSTANTLY worry about my family in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, especially with the worsening Covid-19 situation there.

My biggest fear is losing one of my family members to the disease while I am away protecting others in Johor.

I do not mind being away from my loved ones for Hari Raya Aidilfitri as I am used to that.

I have not been able to go home for Hari Raya for over five years and though I feel sad sometimes, I usually get over it quickly. All that matters to me is that my family is safe and sound.

There is an added burden to shoulder as a fire and rescue personnel during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apart from responding to emergencies such as fires, floods and accidents and being involved in rescue missions, now we also have to conduct public sanitisation frequently.

While working hours remain the same, the amount of work we do in our shift has increased due to extra responsibilities handed to us.

It is exhausting and challenging, especially since this has been going on for over a year.

Like all Malaysians, we too want this to end soon and the only sure way to achieve that is to adhere to the SOP. The best thing that the public can do to help us is to just follow the SOP.

– Mohammad Afiszul Osaman, 26,, Iskandar Puteri Fire and Rescue Station, Johor

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