Firefighting volunteers association set up in Kampung Kemunting
BINTULU: The establishment of Kampung Kemunting Bomba Volunteers Association will work closely with the Bintulu Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) in emergency cases of fire in the village and nearby areas, said its president Hii Doh Chong.
He said the registration of the association was approved by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) on Nov 23, and it has started operating with 30 volunteers.
The number, he said, is expected to increase steadily, depending on the response from the local community.
“The association will enable us to directly assist the Bomba during emergency cases in our village and probably in other nearby areas as well,” he said.
The 30 people who applied to join the association would be given intensive training by the Fire and Rescue Department on water pumps, fire extinguishers, and the proper fire fighting procedure, he added.
Hii said the association was under the supervision of Bintulu member of parliament Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing while the advisor is Mohamad Hamdani Madon from Bintulu Fire and Rescue Services Department.
He pointed out that although the association is still new it has received encouraging response from the local community, particularly among the young people.
“At least, through this association, the members will get to know the basic knowledge and methods in controlling fire; the skills they will have learned will be vital in order to minimise the damage,” he said.
Currently, he said, all members will be given three sessions of intensive training with 10 members per session.
The association does not only emphasise on skills among its members but also provide guidance for the public on emergency and fire fighting skills.