84 new fire stations needed for efficiency

MELAKA: A total of 84 new fire stations are needed to enhance the quality, capability and efficiency of the Fire and Rescue Department in delivering services to the community, says Nga Kor Ming.

The Housing and Local Government Minister said Malaysia has 337 fire stations, and the fire risk index is used as a benchmark to determine the need for additional fire stations.

“Therefore, any area with urgent needs will be prioritised, and of course, this depends on the country’s financial position, with construction being carried out in phases,” he told reporters after attending the Larian Bersama Bomba 2024 Malaysia Madani at the Proclamation of Independence Memorial in Banda Hilir here on Saturday night, Bernama reported.

Some 6,000 people took part in the run, flagged off by Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh.

Nga added that the construction of 84 new fire stations would align with the number of personnel who will serve at these facilities and at existing stations. To date, there are nearly 15,000 firefighters nationwide, he said, and the allocated positions are almost fully filled.

“509 individuals were selected to fill the positions this year,” he said.

Nga also said that the ministry and department would ensure that all personnel and officers on duty follow the National Security Council’s instructions and standard operating procedures.

Meanwhile, Nga said local authorities have been asked to issue compound notices to irresponsible parties who carry out open burning, especially during the current southwest monsoon season.

“Last year, the country lost more than RM2.6bil due to open burning,” he added.

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