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by Nancy Nais
KUCHING, May 19: In its effort to facilitate fast and efficient rescue services during the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai Dayak celebrations, Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) is holding special patrol operations.
“The operations which began yesterday (May 18) and will continue until June 2 involves all 32 fire stations statewide. The locations were selected based on high risk zones and areas with high numbers of accident cases.
“Every patrol team will start at 12pm to 3pm and they are required to report to the state operations centre (PGO). However, the patrol team can cancel their task in the event if there are other urgent or emergency cases to be attended to,” Sarawak Bomba director Khirudin DrahmanKhirudin said after a ceremony to symbolically hand over Sumbangsih Raya-Gawai cookies and cakes to department heads and fire station chiefs today.
As for Covid-19 quarantine centres in Sarawak, Khirudin gave assurance that the department’s Ops Covid-19 safety committee has conducted inspections at all locations statewide.
This is to ensure fire safety aspects are up to par to prevent unforeseen accidents, especially fire.
“Included in the scope of the inspections are (ensuring) unobstructed emergency exits. They must make sure the Fire Safety Installation System (PKK) is functioning well in addition to having fire extinguishers.
“We have inspected 45 premises namely hotels (20), institutions (10), dormitories (2) and other premises (13) used as Covid-19 quarantine centres in Sarawak,” he added.
Meanwhile, apart from daily public sanitation operations to curb the spread of Covid-19, Bomba Sarawak has provided guidelines for members of the public to use when sanitising their homes in an effort to raise hygiene awareness.
Khirudin urged everyone to practise cleanliness, not only washing their hands with soap or using hand sanitiser during the Covid-19 pandemic, but also keeping their offices and their own homes virus-free.
“We are committed to encouraging self-sanitation procedures in offices and homes. While conducting public sanitisation, our officers also provide information on proper procedures which we have distribute to the public as well as premise owners.
“The guidelines on usage of proper disentifant and ways to clean your house or office are in the chart. Members of the public can also view the chart at our Bomba Sarawak Facebook page,” he said. — DayakDaily