SIBU, July 16: Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) director general Datuk Hamdan Wahid is appreciative to the Sarawak government for providing RM200 monthly financial aid to every fireman serving in the state.
The aid is given until Covid-19 pandemic is over.
Speaking during his visit to Sungai Merah fire station today, Hamdan said he would be meeting Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg tomorrow to extend his appreciation for the disbursement of the aid.
“My delegation and I will be on visiting the chief minister tomorrow to extend our deepest appreciation to the state government for the financial aid to frontliners like firemen who are involved in Covid-19 operation,” he said.
Besides that, he said the state had also gave a one-off RM500 to federal government staff which included firemen.
“At the same time during our visit to the chief minister, we will voice the need to establish coordination with the state government in allocation of land for the building of fire stations including the provision of financial assistance for the fire service especially those in the rural areas.
“We will also brief him (Abang Johari) on the development of the fire department service in the state,” he added.
Hamdan noted that the state fire service is ever evolving whereby more fire stations need to be built.
Taking the example of Zone 4 (central region), he said the region which used to have five stations only, has seen its number increased to 12. The latest addition includes Selangau and Sibujaya stations.
Meanwhile Zone 4 fire chief, Jangan Muling said during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period to Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period up till June 30, his department had conducted 298 sanitisation exercise on public property besides 224 on vehicles used to transport university and college students who returned to their family.
“From January to June this year, fire stations in Zone 4, received 127 distress calls on fire and 722 calls for rescue service,” he said.-DayakDaily