KOTA SAMARAHAN: The Community Emergency Response Team (Cert) plays a key role in ensuring the safetyof villagers during emergencies or natural disasters.
In pointing this out, Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang said the team also served as the first frontline response in villages ahead of the arrival of other emergency response teams.
He added that the existence of Cert was crucial to ensure zero loss of life in any type of disaster besides minimising property damage.
“No matter what emergencies, whether floods, fires, road accidents, animal attacks and so on, Cert is the first emergency response team to arrive and provide help.
“However, members of this team must have proper training, techniques, courage, knowledge, tenacity and sincerity to enable them to safely assist those in need,” he said at the closing ceremony of the Simulation Programme on Tackling Floods in Samarahan District at the Kota Samarahan Civic Centre, here on Wednesday (Dec 16).
Idris stressed that Cert was very much needed in the Samarahan Division as dwellers here relied on making ends meet in hazardous conditions.
He added that one example was 27-year-old Mohammad Razid Hamran who was reported missing while out looking for snails in the Kampung Meranek River here last Monday (Dec 14).
His remains were later found floating but with the lower part of his body missing.
“The incident that happened to the late Mohammad Razid was heartbreaking.
“That is why Cert is very much needed here as the members are a trained group of people who will serve as the first response team on site, ready to make crucial decisions and mobilise assistance,” he assured.