Published: Tuesday February 5, 2013 MYT 6:14:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday February 5, 2013 MYT 6:19:51 PM
Firemen ready for ĎChinese New Year Opsí
SHAH ALAM: A total of 9,100 fire-fighters from 264 fire and rescue stations nationwide have been deployed to respond to fire and accidents in the 'Chinese New Year Ops' from Monday till Feb 18.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said 240 of them would be patrolling round the clock on rotation along 16 accident-prone stretches in Juru, Slim River, Senawang, and Yong Peng.
"Members of volunteer fire squads will also be on standby to assist fire-fighters at the 16 locations," he told reporters after launching the Chinese New Year Ops and handing over fire engines to eight fire and rescue squads from the state, here Tuesday.
In his speech, he said the Fire and Rescue Department was allocated RM328.936mil under the second rolling plan of the 10th Malaysia Plan for the construction, upgrading and maintenance of fire stations, procurement of equipment, research and development, multimedia, information and communication technology, land acquisition, and fire prevention campaigns.
He said the department acquired 100 fire tenders worth RM171mil, five prime movers worth RM2.425mil, and 30 fire-response vehicles worth RM3.648mil, in 2012.
On fire-fighting equipment, he said the department bought 1,000 pairs of fire-fighting suits, 500 fire-fighting helmets, 20 pairs of chemical protective suit, and 40 sets of scuba gear.
He said to date, there were 15,575 members of 354 volunteer fire and rescue squads nationwide assisting the department in dealing with fire and rescue operations in rural areas and remote towns where there were no fire station. - Bernama