Malaysia's First Floating Fire Station Is Now In Operation
Malaysia's first floating fire station located at the Semporna tourist jetty began its operations yesterday, 12 December
In a report by Bernama, Sabah Fire and Rescue Department director Kamarulzaman Malik Abdullah said that the facility would speed up the response time in the event of a fire or other emergencies.
This is especially important as there is a high risk of fire at water villages in Sabah.
The floating fire and rescue station was built at a cost of RM200,000 and is currently equipped with three boats
According to Malaysiakini, the boats would carry out different tasks, such as for firefighting, search and rescue operations, and Emergency Medical Rescue Service (EMRS).
The fire station will be operated by a chief, three supervisors, and 20 local volunteer firefighters who had been trained for five months.
"These volunteer firefighters have a vast knowledge of the surrounding area," Kamarulzaman said, as quoted by Malaysiakini.
Meanwhile, the director added that the floating station would serve as a benchmark for other states
The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department is also looking to increase the number of such floating stations, especially in high-risk areas across Sabah.