Fires in Perak skyrocket to alarming 6,490 cases in 2016

INTAN BAHA

IPOH: Cases of fire in the state have almost doubled from 3,579 in 2015 to 6,490 last year.

State Women Development, Family, Community Welfare, Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim said as of Feb this year, 524 cases were recorded.

''The state Fire and Rescue Department is upgrading (its) facilities and intensifying its fire safety awareness campaign among the people to (halt) the increase in fire cases.

''32 fire stations in the state have been equipped with (fire-prevention) facilities, extinguisher machines, water tankers, Hazmat (suits), rescue boats and RIM motorcycle units,'' said Rusnah.

She was replying to Kuala Sepetang assemblyman Chua Yee Ling during the question-and-answer session at the state assembly’s legislative sitting in Ipoh today.

Rusnah said 19 Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) ambulances are stationed at 19 Fire and Rescue Departments throughout the state.

In terms of the awareness campaign, 1,805 awareness activities were held in 2015, including five large-scale events involving the Fire and Rescue Community Programme in Kampung Ulu Hepor, Kuala Kurau, Flat Silibin, Manjung and Tanjung Malim, she added.