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Ministry to increase number of volunteer fire fighters
KUALA LUMPUR: The Housing and Local Government Ministry will intensify efforts to increase the number of volunteer fire-fighters, especially in areas in the interiors and far from fire stations, to achieve the 10-minute response time.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung, said the presence of the volunteers was needed in locations within 20 to 30km radius from the nearest police stations.
"It is not possible to have fire stations everywhere and for that reason, we have to have volunteer fire-fighters to facilitate rescue work," he told a media
conference on Run With Firefighters 2012 in conjunction with World Fire-Fighters' Day at Dataran Merdeka here today.
He said those interested would be required to go a two-week course and training before the could be absorbed into the volunteer squad, which would be
equipped with necessary fire-fighting and rescue equipment.
Currently, he said, there were 324 volunteer fire-fighting squads, involving 15,000 volunteers, registered with the Fire and Rescue Department.
"Kedah has the highest number of volunteer fire-fighters and also the most active squad," he added. - Bernama