Unimas and UiTM Sarawak to offer Fire Corps programme in 2020

Khirudin (second left) presenting a hamper to the colouring contest winner, witnessed by Sharifah (left) and Muhd Afiq (right).

By Nancy Nais

SRI AMAN, Dec 21: Two public universities in Sarawak will soon offer students Undergraduate Fire Corps (Bomba Kor Siswa) programme with first intake expected in July next year.

State Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) director Khirudin Drahman revealed that they are currently working with University Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak to set up the programme.

“We’ve conducted a series of meetings with the two institutions of higher learning (IPT). The first intake is scheduled sometime in July 2020,” he said.

“The programme and package are already available in Peninsular Malaysia since April 2018 where students will have to go through certain credit hours of fire training before they can graduate,” he added.

Khirudin highlighted this at the department’s joint Christmas celebration and fire safety awareness programme with Commonwealth Journalist Association (CJA) Sarawak for children from Datuk Ajibah Abol Children’s Home here on Friday (Dec 20) night.

He pointed out that this was one of Bomba Malaysia’s latest approaches to encourage and produce students with self-discipline, moral value, self-esteem and knowledgeable in the field of fire operations and fire safety.

“The students can also form teams capable of handling early intervention when there is an emergency on campus and thus, creating a community that prioritises the culture of security in daily life,” he added.

Datuk Ajibah Abol Children’s Home principal Sharifah Mordiah Syed Ali and Bomba Sri Aman Zone chief Nik Muhd Afiq Nik Roslan were present.— DayakDaily