DEMAK: The Fire and Rescue Department will acquire modern assets to deal with the challenges posed by climate change.
Its director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said the department would bid for the necessary funding under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
“Currently, Bomba’s tasks have been challenging following the climate change that caused the Earth’s geology to be unstable,” he said in a press conference after officiating at the Bomba Enhancement Programme for Zone and Station chiefs at Penview Convention Centre here yesterday.
He explained that Malaysia previously was not in the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’ but the effects now has surfaced such as earthquakes, tsunami, typhoon storms, extreme floods and draught experienced in Sabah and other states in the country.
“The new assets can be used to enhance services especially relating to community safety and well-being. It includes new technologies in search and rescue operations, firefighting operations as well as our humanity services,” he said.
Mohammad Hamdan revealed that construction work would commence this year on the Wakaf Tapai Bomba Academy specifically to train its Water Rescue Unit (PPDA) as well as Domestic and Industry Incident Rescue Team.