MELAKA – The Melaka Civil Defence Force (APM) is targeting to recruit 50,000 members this year, in an effort to train more people to become skilled rescuers.
Melaka APM director Effendy Ali said the recruitment drive started last week and so far 300 new members have been recruited.
He said those wishing to participate as APM volunteers were required to go through an interview and a physical examination to determine their fitness level before they could be enlisted.
“So far we have 70,000 volunteer members statewide and they will be mobilised to assist in operations to save lives and salvage properties in the event of a disaster.
“APM needs to increase its membership in line with our role as first responders in times of crisis,” he told reporters after a Melaka APM gathering and launch of 6th ‘Ops Bantu’ in conjunction with the Chinese New Year here today.
Effendy added that APM members were prepared to face any disaster, especially possible floods due to the northeast monsoon which was expected to end in late March
On the implementation of the 16th Ops Bantu he said during the two-day operation on Feb 17 and 18, members would conduct 24-hour patrol service along roads to provide emergency and non-emergency assistance. – BERNAMA