Exercise tests agencies’ capabilities

James Kon

Six individuals were ‘trapped’ inside the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex yesterday morning as smoke emanated from the entrance.

Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) personnel ‘rushed’ to the scene and ‘rescued’ the six. One victim who was ‘stuck’ in a vehicle that had rammed into a parked car at the basement was moved to ‘safety’ by the firefighters by force opening the vehicle door.

A command centre was set up outside the Yayasan Complex to coordinate the operation.

This was the scene of the joint exercise codenamed Gerak Sepadu 2 by the Fire and Rescue Department involving over 150 personnel from the department, Royal Brunei Police Force and Emergency Medical Ambulance Services (EMAS).

The exercise was to test the capability and preparedness of the Fire and Rescue Department and other emergency services with the department facing increasing challenges.

The exercise also aimed to assess the effectiveness of the emergency action plan and operation procedures for each agency involved in dealing with emergencies like fires at buildings.

Acting Director of Fire and Rescue Lim Hock Guan, Assistant Director of Technical Nohi Irwan Sukarki bin Haji Pawi and officials and staff from other agencies were present to oversee the operation.

The Fire and Rescue Department urged building owners to always ensure that fire safety measures are in place.

The department also offers courses relating to fire safety including the fire marshal course, fire safety talks and life saver 995 talk. Organisations can contact the Public Relations Division of the Fire and Rescue Department at 2382860 or 2380409 ext 111 during office hours for details.

ABOVE & BELOW: Fire and Rescue Department officials during the drill. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR