SEREMBAN: The Fire and Rescue Department is prepared to tackle any eventuality, including possibility of chemical and biological attacks during the upcoming 29th SEA Games this month.
A special team consisting of hazardous materials unit (Hazmat), chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and special nuclear force (CBRNe) will be stationed at all strategic locations in the country during the event.
Fire and Rescue Department senior officer I, M Murugiah said 600 personnel will be deployed at various strategic venues including in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Center (MITEC).
“We are ready to fulfill our responsibility and ensure the safety of everyone, including athletes, officials, visitors and the public.
“Our team currently has 99 special machineries for the SEA Games, complete with advanced equipment which can be used for emergency situations involving toxic chemicals attacks,” he said at a demonstration of the department’s readiness held at Fire Research Centre here, today.
Murugiah said the close collaboration between the department and other international agencies who are experts in the field such as Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, International Atomic Energy Agency, Interpol and Defense Threat Reduction Agency, will also help to smoothen the operation.
“We will also collaborate with other agencies such as the police, Health Ministry, Chemistry Department, Department of Environment and Atomic Energy Licensing Board during the event,” he said.
Murugiah said all SEA Games locations and accommodation centre for athletes and officials have been certified safe following the completion of its two-month inspection which ended yesterday.