Bomba Community programme equips rural folks on fire prevention

Len Talif (centre) and Khirudin (left) presenting the fire extinguisher to one of the programme's participants.

KUCHING, Nov 30: The State Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba)’s approach in organising the Bomba Community programme throughout the state will help to equip the public, especially the rural folks, with the necessary knowledge on fire prevention and handling.

Sarawak Bomba director Khirudin Drahman said such a programme, which are slightly different from the awareness and fire prevention programme, would expose the participants with the theories and practicals in fire prevention and handling.

“This programme not only allows exposure of fire safety awareness to be widely disseminated to the local communities through the village heads or the appointed “fire marshals”, it also acts as a platform to enable the Bomba to get closer to the communities,” said Khirudin during the closing ceremony of the two-day Dun 41 Bomba Community Fire Point and Celik Suri Programme, held at Kampung Jerijeh Community Hall in Sarikei, yesterday.

The Celik Suri’s participants being given a demonstration by a firefighter on how to properly use the fire extinguisher.

Through such a programme, he added, the public also had a better understanding of the duties and roles of Bomba.

The two-day Dun 41 Bomba Community Programme saw a total of 110 participants from the nearby villages and longhouses folks taking part.

Among the activities held during the programme were basic safety theories and practical classes with the participants also being given the opportunity to put on the Bomba fire resistant suit besides putting out flames through a fire simulation.

Apart from that, a total of 35 housewives also took part in Celik Suri (Sedia Urus Risiko Isirumah) programme, which aims to inculcate the culture of fire safety and prevention among housewives, providing them with the exposure and knowledge on techniques to escape in the event of fire at home.

A group photo together with the VIP and firefighters after the closing ceremony yesterday (Nov 29, 2020).

Through the programme, a total of 30 fire extinguishers were also handed over to the participants involved, and will be placed in strategic areas in every village and longhouse.

Present at the event was Kuala Rajang assemblyman Datu Len Talif Salleh, who is also Assistant Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment. — DayakDaily