As the monsoon season approaches, floods are happening more frequent in the country.
In response to the issue, the Director-General of the Fire Rescue Department (JBPM) Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said firefighters across the nation will cancel or delay their annual leave plans from 4 to 30 November to prep themselves for the possible disaster, as well as for the next General Election.
Exceptions would only be given to medical, religious, and emergency purposes.
He added that after this period, 20% of the firefighters are allowed to take leave in December to 15 January 2023.
Establising a Red Team
Apart from that, he said the department will establish a Quick Response Team (Red Team) to deal with the monsoon season.
The Red Team will be deployed in 11 states across the country, including Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
“A total of 253 members, 58 life boats, 41 fire utility vehicle units and 33 trucks will be on standby at the location designated by the state JBPM,” he said.
“The Red Team will consists of a minimum of 12 members, two units of lifeboats, one unit of utility vehicles and one truck for the purpose of logistics and rescue and evacuation of flood victims.”
“This team will also include a member from the Emergency Medical Response Services (EMRS) special team and from the Water Rescue Team (PPDA) to ensure the rescue operation is at an optimal level.”
The Northeast monsoon is expected to start from mid-November to March 2023. During this period, heavy downpour are expected to cause flooding across the country.
“Continuous heavy rainfall is expected in Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu from November to December, while Johor, Sabah & Sarawak are expected to experience continuous heavy rainfall from December to February next year,” Mohammad Hamdan said.