PUTRAJAYA – The Fire and Rescue Department (JPBM) will receive two new Italian-made Agusta Westland AW 189 helicopters by end 2017 and early 2018.
Its director-general, Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim said the two assets would enhance JBPM’s search and rescue (SAR) operations during disasters or emergency situations.
“In addition to the helicopters, JBPM is also in the process of purchasing fireboats equipped with various equipment for firemen to carry out their duties during floods and the like.
“JBPM has also bought 20 Aerial Ladder Platforms (ALPs) in which one of the units has arrived in Malaysia and on trial, while 19 other ALPs will arrive soon,” he told Bernama at his office, here recently.
Wan Mohd Nor said the Italian-made ALPs, which could reach up to 37-metres, would be used by the firemen to rescue victims in high rise buildings and difficult places to reach.
“Unlike turntable ladders which cannot be bent, these ALPs are mounted on lorries. They are flexible to meet the needs of the rescue operations.”
Wan Mohd Nor also said that 14 new fire stations were under construction including in Gemencheh and Seri Menanti (Negeri Sembilan) and Kuala Krai (Kelantan) to shorten the response time.
“We can reach more places faster once these fire stations are completed next year,” he added. – BERNAMA