Firefighters and journalists are buddies, says state fire chief

Dr Ting (second from right) and Khirudin (fifth from left) launching Bomba's 2019 calendar.

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Dec 17: Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) director Khirudin Drahman said he enjoys good rapport with the mass media because he has great respect for the press.

In fact, he added, media practitioners and firefighters always have close collaboration.

“I believe we have much in common, despites differences in our professions. Our objective is the same, which is nation-building,” he said at the Bomba-Media appreciation night held here yesterday (Dec 16).

Stating that what journalists write has a strong impact on the community, Khirudin said: “Being aware of the media’s important role, we try to get connected with them.

“With over 30 years serving with Bomba, every time journalists approach me, I never turn them down because I know they are important.”

Media practitioners and Bomba personnel posing for a group photo at the end of the event.

Also present at the gathering were Miri Bomba chief Supt Law Poh Kiong, Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon, Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA) president Andy Jong and about 30 newsmen and firefighters from Miri and Lopeng fire stations.

During the event, Bomba’s 2019 calendar was jointly launched by Khirudin and Dr Ting.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of tokens of appreciation by Bomba to media practitioners based in the northern region of the state. — DayakDaily