| Faza Suraj |
THE Incident Command Post (ICP) is a centralised command centre comprising officials of different agencies that deal with specific incidents. Activation procedures will be conducted as response to certain situations as the post will remotely send information to respective emergency bodies.
This was highlighted by Senior Superintendent Muhd Shahreeni bin Hj Mohd Yussof, Commanding Officer of Operation Branch ‘B’ Belait District at the Fire and Rescue Department during an interview with the members of media at Mukim Bukit Sawat, Belait District.
The newly appointed Commanding Officer reiterated that the activation is under the authority of the Belait District Office as preparation for any cases involving moderate to severe flooding.
The agencies are officials from the Fire and Rescue Department, Sg Liang Fire Station; medics from the Emergency Medical Ambulance Service; Royal Brunei Armed Forces of the Third Battalion in Lumut and Officers from the Department of Community Development (JAPEM).
“The ICP will be operating 24 hours a day. Two Fire and Rescue officials will be manning the hotlines until the control post is not required any longer.”
The ICP was set up at the Mukim Bukit Sawat Multi-Purpose Hall as the focus is to assist people residing in remote areas. The post will receive information from residents via the hotlines and relay them to respective agencies.
A Royal Brunei Armed Forces official shared that as preparation for incidents, a platoon of 34 personnel will be on standby throughout the ICP operation period. A patrol team will be making its rounds twice a day, once in the morning and afternoon, to the identify flood-prone areas in Kuala Balai, Badas, Kg Sg Teraban, Kuala Belait, Panaga and Seria.
“We have set up the 8-Meter Mast, an antenna to send and receive information from the ICP to the command centre in the Third Battalion in case we need to activate the said platoon or any other specific assets according to the type of situation.”
The army official explained that some stand-by assets are military trucks that will carry boats in case a need arises to manoeuvre around flooded areas.
Meanwhile, Wan Julaini bin Wan Ibrahim, Assistant Superintendent from the Fire and Rescue Department, said that there has been no incident as yet but some roads are deemed impassable for conventional cars.
“From the Fire and Rescue Department side, we have prepared a Multi-Purpose Vehicle just in case some of the roads are inaccessible to the public.”
The public should pay attention to road signs that display the types of vehicle that cannot go through and the different water levels to avoid unwanted problems such as breakdown.
“Beyond the 0.25-metre water level, saloon cars will not be able to go through while the 0.45m mark means four-by-four vehicles will face difficulty to wade through the floods. At 1.0 metre, trucks or heavy vehicles are not advised to go through.”
When asked about plans to tackle landslides, the Assistant Superintendent said, “There are response procedures but it depends on the severity of the landslide, for example, if roads are blocked, the assistance of JKR might be needed to help clear the road.”
According to past incidents, some of the landslide-prone areas are roads leading to Labi and Merangking. The public is advised to be extra cautious when using these roads.
For assistance, the ICP hotlines can be reached at 3339048, 3339049 and 3339050 and fax can also be sent to 3339051.