100 Selangor Civil Defence Force personnel on standby during hot, dry spell

DAWN CHAN

KLANG: The Selangor chapter of the Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM) is on standby.

About 100 officers and personnel are ready to respond to any eventualities during the current hot and dry spell, which is expected to last until the middle of next month.

Selangor APM director Colonel Ghazali Abd Rahman said today that off-duty personnel would be recalled if necessary.

“We are prepared and ready to render assistance to the Fire and Rescue Department as and when our services are needed to respond to cases of open burning,” he said after launching a two-day blood donation drive organised by the force’s Klang district and Sungai Pinang units called “Joy 4 Klang” at Klang Parade.

“We will also deploy our medical teams and ambulances.

“Currently, we allocate four personnel for an operation and 12 are on standby for each shift in our 24-hour operation.

“If more officers and personnel are needed, we will recall those who are off-duty.

“I would like to urge the public to refrain from carrying out open burning.”

Ghazali said APM had taken part in a multi-agency and enforcement unit meeting with the Selangor State Disaster Management Unit recently.

Ghazali said the blood donation drive was one of the seven community events organised by the force to reach out to the public.

“This is an effort to let people know that the force organises community activities and that they can join us. We want to let people know that we are not only involved in disaster and emergency related operations, but also in programmes for the public such as hiking and running events.” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd