Malaysia's First Floating Fire Station Is Now In Operation

The facility will speed up the response time in the event of a fire or other emergencies.

Cover image via Bbp Semporna Sabah/Facebook

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.

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Image via Borneo Today

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.

Sabah Fire and Rescue department director Kamarulzaman Malik Abdullah (centre) poses for a group photo at the floating fire station in Semporna.

Image via New Straits Times

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.

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