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DPM: Improve response time


KUALA LUMPUR: The 50 per cent success rate of the 10-minute response time achieved by the Fire and Rescue Department should be improved to 80 per cent to be on par with developed countries, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said factors, such as the geography of areas, the location of fire stations and the limited number of firemen assigned to an area, were the major contributing factors leading to the department achieving only 50 per cent of the 10-minute response time.

“Having adopted strategies used by developed countries, such as the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, the government has agreed to the recruitment of auxiliary firemen to boost manpower,” Muhyiddin said in his speech at the 2014 World Fire Fighters’ Day at Dataran Merdeka here yesterday.

He said the department would train them to enable them to carry out their duties efficiently.

“They will be covered under a group coverage, which the government forks out about RM2.4 million each year.”

Present at the event were Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and department director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim. In a symbolic gesture, Muhyiddin accepted the appointment of three women auxiliary firemen at the event.


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