Crucial to equip next generation with knowledge, resilience and confidence, says Kuching fire chief

Henderi (second left) presenting certificates to participants.

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by Nancy Nais

KUCHING, March 1: It is important to instil knowledge and prepare the younger generation to overcome any obstacles and face challenges with confidence.

While education is the key, Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Kuching zone fire chief Senior Superintendent Henderi Ardimansyah also believed that the younger generation must be empowered to use their strength with confidence in gaining other knowledge such as fire rescue and prevention.

“Our younger generation needs to be exposed to this useful knowledge. They are our backbone and future leaders who will continue to keep our state and country safe.

“It is only right that we continue to guide and educate them in the field of fire science and fire safety because this generation will be at a disadvantage if they have no such knowledge,” Henderi said at the Bomba Cadet Zone 1 competition closing ceremony here yesterday.

The event is seen as not just a competition among the cadets, but a medium of education and learning in the field of fire safety and prevention.

Henderi sincerely hoped that by educating the younger generation, they will make Malaysia not only a safe place but prosperous environment to live in.

“We want a place that is free from fire, because fire can result in disaster, injury, loss of life and damage to property,” he asserted.

A total of 234 secondary school students from 13 schools in Kuching and Bau participated in the Bomba Cadet competition.

A total of 234 students from 13 secondary schools in Kuching and Bau participated in the Bomba Cadet competition.

The competition encompassed five categories, namely dry operation march, ASPEC challenge, rope and loop, brain and brawn challenge, and fire quiz.

“We hope that these participants now know how to deal with emergencies in the event of fire or other accidents and be champions in this cause,” Henderi said, adding the event would also inculcate the values of cooperation, goodwill, tolerance, bravery and friendliness among the cadets. — DayakDaily