Specially trained Bomba team established to safeguard Gunung Mulu Nat’l Park visitors

Khirudin (right) presenting a souvenir to Gerawat at the closing ceremony of MOCSAR course in Miri on Sept 20, 2023. Photo credit: TVS

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MIRI, Sept 21: Gunung Mulu National Park has established a dedicated Mountain and Cave Search and Rescue (MOCSAR) Fire Team, specifically trained to conduct missions in rugged mountainous terrain.

According to a TVS report, Deputy Minister in the Sarawak Premier’s Department (Labour, Immigration and Project Monitoring) Datuk Gerawat Gala underscored the significance of MOSCAR’s presence at the national park in line with its position as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

“The presence of MOSCAR is crucial for ensuring the safety of tourists who explore the mountains and caves within Mulu National Park.

“A Unesco World Heritage Site like this tourist destination requires a well-trained team capable of executing search and rescue missions because we recognise the inherent risks involved in mountain climbing and reaching the summit,” he said.

Gerawat highlighted this during a press conference after officiating at the closing ceremony of the Certification Course for Search and Rescue Fire Officers in Mountains and Caves (MOCSAR) Series 4/2023 here yesterday (Sept 20).

He also extended his gratitude to Bomba Sarawak for taking the initiative to provide protection to tourists visiting Mulu National Park, acknowledging the unique challenges that the MOCSAR firefighters face in their roles.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) director Datu Khirudin Drahman Hussaini explained that the two-week certification course, which ran from Aug 21 to Sept 5, involved the participation of 11 dedicated firefighters.

“The first certification course was conducted in 2019, involving 10 Bomba officers. Now the MOCSAR Fire Team has grown to comprise 21 officers dedicated to ensuring the safety of visitors to Mulu National Park,” he added. — DayakDaily