The Fire and Rescue Department is confident that more emergency teams will be able to achieve its 10-minute response time target, with the addition of 20 new fire stations throughout the country, this year. Pix by Hazreen Mohamad

SEREMBAN: The Fire and Rescue Department is confident that more emergency teams will be able to achieve its 10-minute response time target, with the addition of 20 new fire stations throughout the country, this year.

Its director-general Datuk Seri Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim said, the addition of new stations at strategic locations will bring the total number of stations to 309, which will allow faster response from the department during emergencies.

He said that last year, the department recorded a 47 per cent success rate of arriving at emergency locations within the 10-minute response time,.

The target this year is set at 48.5 per cent.

“With the presence of more stations in strategic locations, efforts to help and save lives and property can be done quickly,” he told a press conference after the presentation of medals and excellent service awards as well as 30-year service certificates presentation ceremony held at Fire and Rescue Department here, today.

Also present was state Fire and Rescue Department director, Norazam Khamis.

Wan Mohd Nor said they will also be adding new fire engines and equipment, including 18 aerial ladder platforms – a multi-purpose vehicle from Italy worth RM87.3 million.

He said the machinery are expected to arrive in the country in stages until next year, based on the needs of the fire department.

He however noted that the new fire stations would not necessarily lead to a huge increase in the number of firemen, hence why the department is looking at adding 500 volunteers to join its Firemen Volunteer Team (FVT) this year.

"I am confident that with the addition of volunteer firemen, rescue operations will be easier. At the moment, we have 370 FVT with a membership total of 13,467 across the country, especially in the rural areas,” he said.

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