IPOH – A total of 30 new fire and rescue stations are being built across the country to facilitate and enhance operations by the Fire and Rescue Department, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said today.
He said the new stations would be in addition to the 284 fire and rescue stations in operation in the country.
“The construction of more fire and rescue stations is to ensure the fire-fighters are highly- skilled and provided with suitable equipment
“It is also to reduce their response time,” he said in his speech at the opening of the national-level World Firefighters’ Day by of the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah here today.
In Perak, Noh said there were currently 32 fire and rescue stations in operation with three more to be built in Kampung Gajah in Perak Tengah, and Tambun and Trong in Taiping.
He said it had always been the aspiration and objective of the Fire and Rescue Department to further improve its service.
Currently, 80 per cent of emergency calls received nationwide recorded response time of less than 20 minutes by the fire and rescue team, he added.
He said in the Federal Territory, Putrajaya, Labuan, Penang and Melaka, the response time of within 20 minutes for the fire and rescue teams to arrive at locations during emergencies was nearly 100 per cent. – BERNAMA