Malaysia's first “floating” fire and rescue station, located in the Semporna district, will officially commence operations today.
Sabah Fire and Rescue Department director Kamarulzaman Malik Abdullah said with the establishment of the “floating” fire station in the district, it would speed up response time in the event of a fire and other emergencies.
“If the fire station is located on land, it will take time to lower the boat and so on. By having a “floating” fire and rescue station, the response will be faster.
“In Sabah, water villages are at high risk in terms of fires especially in the east, north and parts of the southwest coast of the state,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after an event with the media practitioners for the Tawau zone in Semporna.
Kamarulzaman said the “floating” fire and rescue station, costing RM200,000, was equipped with three boats for different tasks, namely, for firefighting, search and rescue operation (SAR) and Emergency Medical Rescue Service (EMRS).
The fire station is headed by its chief, three supervisors and 20 volunteer firefighters, he said, adding that the volunteers were locals and had been training for five months.
“These volunteer firefighters have a vast knowledge of the surrounding area,” he added.
Earlier in the speech, Kamarulzaman said the station would serve as a benchmark for other states and they would increase the number of such stations, especially on high-risk areas across Sabah.