| James Kon |
THE Medical Services of the Royal Brunei Land Forces (RBLF) yesterday received eight new military ambulances from local transport suppliers.
This will enhance the the medical emergency response of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), as modernisation of equipment represents one of the key elements in enhancing the military’s responsiveness and efficiency. The handing-over ceremony was held at the First Battalion Parade Square in Berakas Garrison.
Present to receive the ambulances was the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah.
QAF Motor Group Sdn Bhd, represented by its General Manager, Roger Fletcher, supplied four battlefield ambulances, while Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, represented by its Executive Director, Pengiran Haji Abdul Qahar bin Pengiran Sanggamara Diraja Major General (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Ibnu Ba’asith, handed over four domestic ambulances.
According to Major (Rtd) Ramlie Mohd Arriff, Workshop Manager of Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, “As the local distributor and importer of IVECO, we are proud to be able to contribute to the military. IVECO is a brand that is known for its versatility in trucks as well as vehicles which are capable of delivering the various needs in the army as well as businesses.”
The procurement of the new domestic ambulances were aimed to replace the current aging fleet, while the battlefield ambulances will be an add-on to the current military defence capability to support military operations beyond urban terrain.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were services commanders, commander of joint forces headquarters, commandants, military directors, senior officers, RBAF chief medical officer and staff of the Medical Services Reception (MRS) of the RBLF.