Baling floods: Teams from Kedah, Penang and Perlis offering post-flood services, says Fire Dept DG


Kuching Politeknik director Hikmatullah Hajid Ahmad Khan (left) handing over the fire hydrant geographic information system application to Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman (right), while Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid (second left) and state deputy director Tiong Ling Hii look on. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: The Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) will do its part to help the Baling flood victims with clean-up operations, says its director-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid.

He said Kedah Bomba, with assistance from their Penang and Perlis counterparts, had been providing post-flood services since the water level began receding.

"This includes cleaning up mud and debris, but it will take time. A lot of NGOs, corporate bodies and government agencies are also helping," he told reporters after handing over 10 utility vehicles to the state Fire and Rescue Department here on Friday (July 8).

Mohammad Hamdan said Kedah Bomba was ready to assist the victims at any time, but this depended on logistics and personnel.

"At the same time we are catering to other emergency calls. But we will rotate teams to respond to calls and to give assistance to flood victims.

"In particular, we will help to clean up homes which are still covered in mud, as well as schools and community centres.

Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid (centre) looking at the new utility vehicles handed over to the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department. With him are the state department's director Datuk Khirudin Drahman (left) and deputy director Tiong Ling Hii. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The StarFire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid (centre) looking at the new utility vehicles handed over to the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department. With him are the state department's director Datuk Khirudin Drahman (left) and deputy director Tiong Ling Hii. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

"If needed, we will step up our assistance with water tankers and pumps," he said.

He added that the department would also help to provide food and daily necessities in collaboration with corporate bodies.

Floods and a water surge hit several villages in Baling on Monday (July 4), claiming three lives and forcing the evacuation of more than 1,400 residents.

On the new utility vehicles, Mohammad Hamdan said they would be used by various fire stations in Sarawak in their operations and activities.

"Vehicles like this are useful in Sarawak due to the challenging terrain in the state," he said.

Mohammad Hamdan also witnessed the handover of a fire hydrant geographic information system (FGIS) application from Politeknik Kuching to the state Fire and Rescue Department.

He said the application was developed using Google MyMaps and the QCIS open source software to monitor and manage data on fire hydrants in Sarawak.

"This will make it easier for us to identify and obtain data on fire hydrants, which are vital in firefighting operations," he said.

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