‘Firemen goes to school’ programme

21 Aug 2019 / 23:36 H.

JOHOR BARU: A report on the ‘‘Abang Bomba Ke Sekolah’’ programme, an interactive programme involving firemen going to schools to motivate students affected by the pollution incidents in Pasir Gudang recently, will be presented to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on Saturday.

National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) Post Disaster Management Sector Deputy Director General Mohamed Zahari Razali said this is to determine whether the programme carried out in 22 schools in Pasir Gudang would be extended to other schools in the area.

“This public relation exercise has received positive feedback from students, teachers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). It was found to improve the physical and mental well being of the affected students,” he told reporters after attending the programme’s closing ceremony at SMK Taman Kota Masai 2, here today.

The programme, involving Nadma, the Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), Department of Environment, Pasir Gudang District Education Office and Johor Bahru District Health Office was conducted in two phases, from Aug 6 to 8 and Aug 19 to 21.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Zahari said the pollution incident in Pasir Gudang had opened the eyes of Malaysians about unforeseen disasters.

He said Malaysians are now more aware of the importance of being prepared for any eventuality.

“We also have droughts, haze and open burnings. There are earthquakes and minor tremors that we still need to deal with,” he said.

Meanwhile, JBPM Operations Division director Datuk Abdul Wahab Mat Yasin said the central JPBM had directed JBPM Johor to upgrade the “Abang Bomba ke Sekolah” module for possible extension to other schools nationwide.

He said in the current module included talks, demonstrations on the use of hydraulic cutters and fire extinguishers, while upgraded module would include basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and handling of chemical spills in the laboratory. — Bernama

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