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Malaysia Airports Spends Big On Fire And Rescue Services

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SEPANG – Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), the country’s main airport operator, has spent about RM150 million in the past five years to increase the preparedness of the Airport Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS), including the purchase of several new assets.

MAHB managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said the acquisition of new assets was in line with the technological developments and sophistication of aircraft using the airport.

“Although the existing equipment can still be used, we also need to buy the latest assets,” he told reporters after the launch of the AFRS’ 70th anniversary celebration here today.

Transport Deputy Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the AFRS needed to be at a high level of preparedness in the event of a plane crash, especially in a challenging era for the aviation industry.

“AFRS has to be more efficient with the increasing number of flights and use of large and sophisticated aircraft. Personnel need to be provided with the latest knowledge, skills and safety equipment,” he told reporters after launching the event.

Established in 1947, AFRS now has 833 members nationwide, of which 250 are on duty at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. – BERNAMA

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