KIMANIS – The construction of the fire station in Kimanis brings cheers to the local population as it will benefit greatly in cases of emergency.
One of the residents, Montenance Jakaria, 33, said with the fire station currently under construction, if there are emergency events such as fire, firefighters could reach the scene faster.
Montenance, a restaurant operator, told Bernama that residents in the Kimanis area were only relying on fire stations from the Papar town and neighbouring district of Beaufort to report any emergency incidents.
“The fire station is very much needed here in Kimanis as there has been rapid development here, for example, the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT). In case of emergency, it is easy for the fire department to act,” said Montenance.
For Latifah Linaki, 59, they have been waiting for a long time for the construction of a fire station in Kimanis, not only for fire incidents but other emergency situations as well.
She said as Kimanis area was prone to bush fires, especially areas close to the main roads, by having a fire station nearby, such fires could be put out fast.
Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim recently said that four new fire stations would be built in Sabah this year and two of them including the Kimanis fire station is expected to be completed by year end. – BERNAMA