Pahang Fire and Rescue Dept ready for year-end floods
Last Update: 05/10/2019
PEKAN, Oct 5 -- The Pahang Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) is ready to respond to the year-end floods expected between November and December
Its director Nor Hisham Mohammad said today that the department's preparedness activities, conducted from September to November, were being undertaken jointly with 19 other agencies including the Meteorological Department and the Irrigation and Drainage Department.
This includes monitoring rainfall, as well as the water levels at the Sungai Pahang and Sungai Kuantan river basins, he said, adding that although rains from early this year until August had not reached 50 per cent of annual rainfall, the agencies were prepared for floods to occur towards the end of the year.
Speaking to reporters after the closing of a flood disaster management training session at Pekan district level in Kampung Kelat Rendang here, Nor Hisham said vehicles and other assets necessary for land and water rescue operations, were sufficient, along with 869 trained JBPM staff members.
Another 36 newly-trained officers are due to join the department next week, he said, explaining that ideally, a total of 1,035 staff members were needed by the Pahang JBPM.
Nevertheless, the department could also rely on the services of some 1,700 voluntary firemen across Pahang, Nor Hisham added.