LABUAN – The Labuan Fire and Rescue Department has made skills training its primary focus, to ensure that personnel are always ready to swing into action during a disaster.
“We must always be on standby. We have learned from the previous ship fire incident at port jetty here. It was a wake up call for us to always be ready to respond to any eventuality,” said its director Zainal Madasin.
He said this to reporters after attending the Special Team Operations and Response Mechanism Exercise for Disaster Management (Ex Storm) at Asian Supply Base Sdn Bhd on Sunday.
He said Labuan being an oil and gas hub, was susceptible to disaster, be it unanticipated, and natural disasters like fire and explosion.
â€œBeing the rescue responder on the ground, we must be ready to face future disasters and emergencies.
“But it is important to be equipped with skills and expertise and we should never be complacent with our achievement. We need to keep up to date and always be alert,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, Zainal said the main objective of the Ex Storm simulation was to evaluate how well the state Fire and Rescue Department and other rescue teams respond to major disasters.
â€œThe simulation exercise is to enhance the coordination and communication between all related agencies during a major disaster, as different teams have different roles and disciplines,â€ he added.
The exercise involved several agencies including police, Civil Defence Department, Health Department, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Labuan Emergency Mutual Aid,Â Marine Department and Department of Occupational Safety and Health. – BERNAMA