TO PROTECT:The Fire and Rescue Services Department is recruiting volunteers under its Friends of Fire Hydrants programme
THE state Fire and Rescue Services Department will recruit more volunteers under its Friends of Fire Hydrants programme in order to achieve its 2,500-volunteer target by the end of this year.
Its director Saadon Moktar said the aim of the programme was to curb vandalism as the public would act as the eyes and ears of the department.
"Cases of vandalism, including theft of fire hydrants has been on the rise recently and we need the public's help to curb this," said Saadon.
"In some areas, the location of the fire hydrant has been turned into dumping ground.
"This is an irresponsible act that can jeopardise our efforts during emergencies."
He said numerous programmes and campaigns had been organised to increase awareness but they were not entirely effective.
"We hope that through this Friends of Fire Hydrants programme, we will be able to recruit more people, especially from the neighbouring housing estates to help us keep an eye on the hydrants," he said.
Saadon said there were 1,725 volunteers under the programme and 21,600 fire hydrants state-wide.
"The number of volunteers is still small and we hope to draw more people to the programme. We will intensify our efforts to attract more volunteers and ensure that we achieve our target."
Saadon was speaking after officiating the Taman Kemuning Friends of Fire Hydrants programme here, recently. Also present was Zone Four Rukun Tetangga chairman Syed Mudzafar Syed Zainal Abidin.
During the event, Saadon also presented the Friends of Fire Hydrants certificates to residents and awards to excellent students.
There was also a gotong-royong to paint fire hydrants.