Increased fire department resources to improve preparedness for natural disasters
KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) will strengthen the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Service by purchasing new assets to increase and improve the agency’s preparedness to deal with natural disasters.
His Minister, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican(pictures) said the acquisition of new assets was made to meet the needs of current assets to ensure that rescue operations, especially in flood-prone areas, can be better implemented in the future.
“Recently, I met with Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy)) and submitted the request for acquiring more firefighting means.
“This includes augmenting existing marine assets like boats and sophisticated assets, for example, in the flooded areas of Taman Sri Muda there were inaccessible areas due to many vehicles there, so we could use remote floats to facilitate rescue operations,” he told reporters. during their meeting at the Umno General Assembly 2021 at the World Trade Center Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL) today.
Additionally, he said the ministry would also bolster the agency’s air assets related to rescue operations, especially in flood-prone areas and landslides.
“When landslides occur and areas are cut off due to flooding, it will be difficult for us to access those areas, so with such means of transport (helicopters) it will facilitate the movement of rescue teams .
“I will also ensure that during my tenure as minister, I do my best to place the agency at the highest level of preparedness so that Malaysians are confident and feel safe with the capabilities of our relief team,” did he declare.
The supreme council member of Umno also said that there are no more court, minister or kayangan clusters in Umno, only the love and care cluster.
He added that this group will represent the party’s determination to win the 15th general election to fulfill the aspirations of Malaysians who want a stable government and country.-Bernama