Alor Gajah – The first batch of 500 auxiliary firefighters who completed their one-month basic training in September have been deployed to firestations across the country beginning early this month.
Fire and Rescue department deputy director-general of development Datuk Amer Yusof said the new breed of firefighters would work together with the regular firefighters in carrying out the department’s duties.
He said the auxiliary firefighters will work with the department on a part-time basis and would be paid an allowance of RM6 per hour similar to the Civil Defence Department and auxiliary policemen.
“Twenty-four of them have been deployed to two fire stations in the state.
“Jasin and Merlimau fire stations received 12 personnel each,” he told reporters after attending the handing over of key ceremony to a beneficiary of the National Blue Ocean Strategy 7 (NBOS 7): My Beautiful Neighbourhood programme at Jalan Hospital here yesterday.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron presented Jamilah Omar with the keys to a new house. Her house had been razed in a fire and was rebuilt by eight Fire and Rescue Department personnel in 30 days.
Present was state Fire and Rescue Department director Nazili Mahmood.
The plans to establish auxiliary firefighters around the country was initiated to address the possible shortage of fire and rescue department personnel in the future.
Currently the Fire and Rescue Department has 12,000 firefighters and is targeting to recruit 15,000 auxiliary firefighters in 10 years to allow a response time of 10 minutes on average.